Travel Nurse New Year Resolutions


Travel Nurse New Year resolutions something to consider as we end one year and get ready for the next one.  Why would your resolutions be any different than anyone else?  Maybe they wouldn’t but your lifestyle is a bit different than other nurses as you move from city to city.

As you move from one city to the next you may find yourself eating out more trying new restaurants.  You may exercise less due to long work shifts and lack of a gym or neighborhoods not conducive to outside exercise. It may be difficult to start a regular exercise routine after moving to a new home.

All of that considered it is time to make those resolutions and set aside time to make your health a priority.  Without a plan, your happiness, your work,  and eventually your health is going to be compromised.

The Constant Struggle

For people who travel on vacation each year, they can get away with skipping an exercise routine for a week or two and then getting back into it.  Or maybe you are out of your routine and you overindulge eating foods you would not normally eat.  As a result of overeating, you gain a few pounds.

As a travel nurse, this is a constant struggle since you move from city to city several times a year.

Let’s Look at Some Options

As a traveling nurse you have to make a plan for maintaining healthy fitness levels while on the road:

Find a gym ASAP

If you happen to be fortunate enough find housing in a complex that has a gym or pool make time for using it. There are many nationally owned gyms that have memberships that you can use from state to state.

Gyms, not your thing

Maybe you are like me and hate going to a gym but there are so many other options   Put on your walking or running shoes.  Ask where there is a safe walking or jogging path.

Take a bicycle ride.  Make sure you ride in a safe place with bike lanes or a trail suited to your style of riding.

Put on your dancing shoes and find a local dance club or class that you are comfortable attending as a newcomer.  Or maybe you are into a type of martial arts.  Thank goodness for Google.  You can find almost anything you are looking for if you just ask.

Try a home gym

Maybe you are not someone who can attend classes or training with total strangers,  I can certainly understand.  There are some great alternatives that you can do in the comfort of your home.    Creating a place in your home where you can do bodyweight exercises using suspension training cords is a great way to work out.  Maybe resistance bands best since they are easy to pack.

There are hundreds of good workout videos can do at your convenience.  They will get you up and moving.

Wellness and Balance Over Fitness

Personally, the first 10 lbs are the hardest to shed.  Once you reach that first small success the next small goal is a bit easier.  Whether you check your success by the scale or the drop in a pants size you will start to “feel” the difference.

Once you get settled in your new city plan for a healthy diet either at home or eating out.   Eat well and exercise to achieve a healthy balance that makes you happy.  Set your priorities and commit to achieving set goals.  Once you find that balance it will become a habit and a beneficial part of your everyday life.

You have to keep a healthy balance between your diet and your exercise program so you don’t burn out. Progress is achieved by a slow and steady course.  Finding that balance may take a little time so be patient and work toward a goal that is achievable.

As a traveling nurse, staying fit and health may be more of a challenge but not impossible.

When I worked in Hospice we frequently told caretakers if you don’t care for yourself how will you be able to care for others.  I hope in this New Year the tips I have provided will make it a little easier to take responsibility for getting healthy.

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a Registered Nurse and retired US Army Reserve Nurse Major. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career, she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and to South Korea. She was trained as an Army Medic during the Vietnam era and later as an OR tec. She went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and then completed her nursing training as a Registered Nurse. She was then commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work in other medical facilities. During her career, she had the opportunity to work in several specialties to include, OR, Occupational Health, Hospice, Sexual Assault Team, Forensic/ Correctional Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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