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2 days 2 nights shiftworking!!!
So I've started Turbofire but I am struggling to find a schedule that works. I am an RN and I work 2 days then 2 nights and then I have 5 days off. I am wondering about suggestions in how I could incorporate my exercise program with this schedule. Has anyone done it a certain way with this schedule? I am often exhausted during the 4 days in a row of work, but if I skip those four days, then I feel like I have to start over with the program. I need a schedule that will work!

Any advice would certainly help!

Thank you fellow beachbodies!
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RE: 2 days 2 nights shiftworking!!!
11/19/12 8:07 PM as a reply to Melbbody.
What time is your day shift and what time is your night shift?

I'd be happy to suggest times to workout! It's all about committing to working out, no matter how tired you are. Once you are consistent with your workouts you will notice you have more energy!

You don't have to workout ALL of those 4 days, maybe you could find time for 3 workouts and rest on one of the days? Let me know what the shifts are and we can figure this out together!

Andrew
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RE: 2 days 2 nights shiftworking!!!
11/20/12 9:26 PM as a reply to AndrewK09.
Thanks so much for responding! My 2 dayshifts consist of 7:30 am-7:30 pm then I am off for exactly 24hrs and I go into work at 7:30pm until 7:30 am for my next 2 nightshifts. Then I have 5 days off. So usually I do okay during my nightshifts, I think simply because I don't sleep as much and I end up waking up much earlier before my shift, but I find it really difficult to have energy for the dayshifts, I hate waking up early, and then by the end of the day when I am home at 8pm, I don't feel like doing much.

Vicious cycle, I know, but I'd love your input for my routine. I am happy to say that I did manage to get a workout in today, despite my mega fight with fatigue and laziness and now I feel amazing!
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RE: 2 days 2 nights shiftworking!!!
11/20/12 10:07 PM as a reply to Melbbody.
Hey I'm a nurse too. I work three 12 night shifts, but usually schedule myself 2 days on and 2 off (I feel sorry for your rotating schedule!). I've done P90x and Insanity this year on my schedule. I also just started TurboFire last week emoticon

I do my workouts BEFORE work. I usually wake up around 4, start my workout, finish by 5, then get ready for work, then out of my house by 6PM. I have a boyfriend, I don't have kids, but I do have a dog that I need to take out for walks about 3 times a day. I just try to manage my time wisely on days I have work. I also have about a 20 minute commute to work.

If I'm too tired I just use the "rest day", and catch up the next day, but I try not to allow myself more than 1 rest day a week. It's tough but once you really get into it, working out just becomes a routine (like making a cup of coffee or taking a shower, you just do it). I've found that the first day on for work I have the most energy to work out, then the second night I'm more tired, so I may use it as my rest day.

I would suggest for your schedule:
Day Zero (day before you start work), work out
First day (1st dayshift), try your hardest to work out before or after work,
Second day day (2nd dayshift) count as a REST day,
Third day (your 24 hours off)-work out,
Fourth day (your 1st night shift) work out before work,
Fifth day (2nd night shift) work out before work again.
Sixth day (day after night shift) work out when you wake up again.

You could also use the easier or shorter workouts on days you have to work, so you dont have to use so much time. emoticon Hope this helps!
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RE: 2 days 2 nights shiftworking!!!
11/21/12 8:00 PM as a reply to Melbbody.
Hello!

So sorry I didn't get back sooner!

I think like the above poster has suggested, you should write down a schedule. You can do it to what you think will work best, but you should write it down and stick to it. Try not to wing it and work out when you feel like it or have time, MAKE TIME to workout. Figure out when it is possible for you to workout and do it! It'll be hard for a while, but once you get into the routine, it'll be easier. I'm not a nurse, so I definitely don't know how hard it could be, but I know that you can do it! I also agree with the above poster that the rotating schedule must be extra rough! I'll give a sample schedule just so you can see what I would do.

Day 1 DAY SHIFT 'work out before work' 7:30am-7:30pm
Day 2 DAY SHIFT 'work out before work' 7:30am-7:30pm
Day 3 NIGHT SHIFT 'work out during the day before work' 7:30pm-7:30am (overlaps to day 4)
Day 4 NIGHT SHIFT 'take today off' 7:30pm-7:30am (overlaps to day 5)
Day 5 OFF 'workout anytime'
Day 6 OFF 'workout anytime'
Day 7 OFF 'workout anytime'

Hope this helps!
Andrew
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RE: 2 days 2 nights shiftworking!!!
11/22/12 11:34 AM as a reply to Melbbody.
Hi mxburke,

I'm an ER Nurse, and I'm on the exact same schedule, it can be done. I'm a single mom, run around do errands, etc. It can be difficult and a struggle some times but I've been there. You have to hit play and remember what Chalene says it's all in the mind.

Unfortunately, it's not the easiest work schedule to work with, when trying to commit to a program. At first, I had difficulty as well, but I made it work. Since Sept 17th, I completed 30 days of 10 Minute Trainer Advanced, immediately after completed 30 days of Turbo Jam Advanced. I am now doing the 5 day Inferno of TurboFire, I'm on Day4 of the plan, then I will start the full TurboFire class schedule.

This is what works for me, I workout after my 0730-1930 shift both days if it's scheduled, and workout before I have to go into work for my 1930-0730 shift if it's scheduled. I have also done a class after getting off a nightshift to ensure I get it in, which is really no different than doing a class after a dayshift. I know it can be exhausting,but it feels really good to say "wow, I got in a workout after working a 12hr shift!", I get a high from it! C'mon, we're nurses, we're superheros...lol.

My other suggestion would be to take rest days on your 2 dayshifts, start on your workout schedule on your first nightshift...but that could mean you will/may end up working out 7 days in a row.

Good luck...try and try to hit PLAY!
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RE: 2 days 2 nights shiftworking!!!
11/27/12 9:08 PM as a reply to MaiTaiRN.
Thank you so much for the advice, I am really going to commit to exercise. Even if it hurts, even if I feel crappy, I need this to be my life so that I can truly be happy with myself and stop being depressed about my body and health.
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