I've started a online journal on my efforts to lose weight:
I work in the emergency services and work on shifts. I do 4 shifts, early (0600-1400), late (1400-2200), night (2200-0600) and day (1000-1800). On the below pattern R stands for rest day. My shifts are a 5-week pattern and are follows:
Does anyone else work on shifts? How do you find managing work outs and shift work? Do you have any tips for me?
I rarely work out before or after a late or day shift as they are busiest and most exhausting shifts.
On an early shift I work out after work in the afternoon.
On a night duty I go to sleep as soon as I come home and train in the late afternoon.
On paper it seems I can work out around 3 times a week. In reality, shifts change at short notice to cope with staff shortages on other teams and several hours overtime each shift is a regular occurence. Exhaustion from work whittles away motivation to work out and cook healthy meals. I end up training just once a week if that.
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.