How to Stay Fit During a Travel Assignment

How to Stay Fit During a Travel Nursing Assignment

Among the many things that may be difficult to adjust to, finding the time to be active between 12-hour shifts can be challenging. Besides the fact that time may be an issue, Krucial is very aware that our hard-working staff is exhausted after a long day of helping others.

Staying fit includes everything from working out to meal prepping, and we asked our Krew how they maintain their fitness goals while on assignment. We have compiled the replies and included healthy tips to try on your current or future deployment!

LaShanna Melton, like many others, said she found that the best way to be active was to take the stairs. “I’m starting to try going up and down stairs instead of the elevator.” She said being meat-free made it easier regarding meal prep, but she was sure to have full meals, get her protein in with shakes, and made sure to have at least six glasses of water a day. We especially love her attention to hydration, as it is easy to forget to drink water.

Fit Tip #1: We would suggest investing in a good water bottle and hydrating before, during, and after shifts.

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Others found that they enjoyed staying fit by doing YouTube exercises in their room or packed things like jump ropes and small weights. Smaller fitness items also included resistance bands, yoga mats, and even filled water bottles. Working out may be difficult with limited access to fitness centers, but it is not impossible.

Fit Tip #2: Pay attention to your mind and your body – this includes joyful movement and meditation.

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If these items don’t suit your interest, consider body-weight exercises like yoga and Pilates. Not only do these forms of exercise provide strength training, but they can ease your mind and provide mental relief as well, which is just as important as physical health.

We also have other tips for mental health, which you can check out here.

Fit tip #3: Prepare meals ahead of time for the week.

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Others found that they enjoyed staying fit by doing YouTube exercises in their room or packed things like jump ropes and small weights. Smaller fitness items also included resistance bands, yoga mats, and even filled water bottles. Working out may be difficult with limited access to fitness centers, but it is not impossible.

Fit tip #4: Treat yourself to fun foods and create a healthy balanced diet that gives you energy and makes you feel good.

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Remember that spending your time helping others means less time for yourself. That is a massive sacrifice, so it is okay to indulge in the less nutritious but ever so delicious snacks and meals.

Fit tip #5 – Be gracious with yourself.

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You are a healthcare hero! You are doing an excellent job, so keep up the hard work.

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Comments (4)

  • I stay fit by urging the other nurses I work with to join a work out with me. I am a STTONG Nation instructor and it is fun to have other nurses join me in a work out at the hotel. Whether this be inside our rooms via zoom or outside in the parking lot, it’s amazing to get out and move after a stressful shift

  • I would do a little routine each morning to wake myself up and get in some exercise: 25 push-ups, 20 jump squats, 20 lunges. It was just enough to help me feel motivated to jump into a busy day at the hospital.

  • The four traveling freelance nurses were placed in their current jobs by a company called Krucial Staffing, which is based in Overland Park, Kansas. It has about 4,000 staff members – registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistant and respiratory therapists from 40 states, according to the company’s CEO, Brian Cleary. “We are a high-volume rapid response organization that gets a large amount of people in place fast,” Cleary said.

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