Stay Motivated to Work Out: Tips for Nurses

March 31, 2016

Working out on a regular basis helps you maintain the stamina you need to handle even the most difficult shifts. Unfortunately, staying motivated to work out isn't easy, especially when you have been on your feet all day. Below are six tips to help you stay motivated, even when the couch is calling your name. 

1. Set clear goals for yourself.

Before you begin your workout regimen, set clear goals. For example, you may set a goal of exercising at least three days per week for at least 30 minutes at a time. Other common goals include burning a minimum number of calories, increasing the amount of weight you can lift, or reaching a certain number of reps by a specific date. Predefined goals will help you structure your workouts and evaluate your progress. 

2. Use a fitness app.

Tracking how much you exercise can be an excellent motivator. Use a fitness app to keep track of the length and frequency of your workouts, as well as the activities you complete during each session. If you are trying to lose weight, you can use the same app to count calories or record nutritional information. Here are a few of our favorites.

3. Find a workout buddy.

Another excellent way to stay motivated is to work out with a buddy. Having a workout partner can prevent you from skipping workouts or giving up. You can also provide each other with support and encouragement daily.

4. Join a gym.

Joining a gym or fitness center allows you to access diverse equipment and a motivational environment. Keep in mind that many travel nursing programs offer perks to support the fitness of their nurses, such as discounted gym memberships. 

5. Don't overdo it.

Regular workouts are important, but pushing yourself too hard can lead to burnout or injury. Resist the urge to work out every day, especially if you are beginning a new exercise program. Make sure you have time to rest and relax each week so that you don't hurt yourself or get too frustrated to continue. 

6. Treat yourself to a reward. 

When you meet a fitness goal, treat yourself to something you enjoy. For example, you may indulge in your favorite dessert, buy a new outfit, or go out to dinner and a movie. 

You may not always feel like working out, and some days may be more difficult than others. However, with these tips, you can reduce the likelihood of burnout, and meet your fitness goals.