Needless to say, nurses are some of the busiest people on the planet. As a nurse, you are likely to be on your feet and moving around more than most professionals. In fact, it is estimated that the average nurse walks at least four miles during an average shift which is quite incredible.
However, unless you are constantly getting your heart rate up, walking does not really burn many calories and in the long run, it may not make much of a difference. Below, therefore, we take a look at 2 easy at work exercises for nurses that can be conducted in a healthcare setting as follows:
Use your desk as a workout area
If during the course of your duties you find yourself at your desk for ,say, a minute, or if you pass by a desk that is unoccupied, try and utilize those few minutes to squeeze in the following exercises:
Begin by placing the palms of your hands on the edge of the desk before taking a step back and lowering yourself down. The closer you get your chest to the desk, the better the excise which is ideal for your arms and chest.
Start by putting your bum on the edge of the chair (no wheels please!) and resting your palms there as well but about an inch away from your thighs. Next, gently lower your lower down before pushing yourself up again and repeat as many times as you can in the little time you may have. This exercise is great for shoulders and triceps.
Running the Stairs
As with walking, taking the stairs as opposed to using an elevator is a great way of burning extra calories. But the truth is that if you do not treat the stairs like an exercise machine, you may not benefit much. Therefore, if you have a few minutes to spare, try and run the stairs. In fact, make it a work out. For instance, you could set your phone timer and see how long it would take you to climb four or five flights, and see if you can whittle this time down the next time you are on a break. Try about five reps in order to get your heart running. Remember, while walking the stairs is a good way to exercise, running them is more beneficial.