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'How can I stay fit as a student nurse?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I have really taken an interest in exercise and fitness. I especially enjoy running distance, four miles usually, and lifting upper body with an abs circuit mixed in.

“However, having begun my nursing training, I’m very worried that I’m going to lose all of the progress I’ve made so far - particularly that all my hard-earned muscle is going to turn to fat. Also, I always feel in a much better mood whenever I exercise (from the endorphins) so I worry I could become quite grumpy if I were to stop.

“I’m expending so much mental energy trying to do well in my course, so physically pushing myself to go for a run or to the gym is tremendously difficult, not to mention the time commitment that nursing takes. I wish there were more hours in the day.

”I just want to maintain what I’ve worked for. Can anyone give me a bit of advice?”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • I have put weight on during this course, Im going start excercising inbetween studies. Im walking my dog more and I am going to aim on doing some sit ups inbetween studying, I’ve bought a hoola hoop to help tone my my stomach area. I don’t think this course is good for your health to be honest I’m basically sat for long hours studying with the volume of work we get given i feel there’s not much time for yourself at all and the stress of the course makes me eat more!! x

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  • I cycle, too and from university, to the train station ect. good way to burn calories stay fit and get some cardio in, i make a point of going one twice a week for at least 12 miles but this is a way I've found to focus my mind, reflect on the week and exercise.

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  • I'm the same, I was quite fit and toned when I started my course, now 2 years in and with no time and trying to save money buying cheap meals it is hard. I find that after days at uni I go to the gym or now I've starting cycling to placement just to get some exercise in. You're not alone, hope this helps!

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