I love working out. I love pushing myself to the limit, exceeding my own expectations, and accomplishing things I never thought possible. But I absolutely HATE warm ups. I always like to get things done, no matter what. Warm ups seemed like a dreadful delay before the actual work that I wanted to do. Plus, … Continue reading 3 facts about warm ups you never learned in P.E.
Back pain. A nurse's arch nemesis. Chronic back pain plagues nurses, certified nursing assistants, and other health care professionals all over the country. In fact, the American Nurses Association (ANA) reported in their Handle with Care Fact Sheet that "nursing personnel are among the highest at risk for musculoskeletal disorders", most of which are back … Continue reading 3 core exercises for a healthy back & more
Working out means more than simply looking cute in your scrubs. This is the era of performance, where the goal of fitness is not primarily to look amazing (although that is a great by-product of being fit), but to execute everyday movements well. This is also known as functional fitness. In other words, you are training for … Continue reading Train Movements, Not Muscles
For the longest time, steady state physical activity (low to moderate intensity exercise performed for long periods of time at a consistent pace) was considered the ultimate strategy for weight loss. Time and time again, I will still hear about this idea. Ate a big dinner? Run for 5 miles! Had a dessert you weren't … Continue reading Got 5 minutes? Here’s a workout for you.
When asked to think about a "strong body", one of the following images might instantly come to mind: tight, defined abs, large quadriceps, bulging biceps, or perhaps a sculpted back. But nobody ever even considers the strength of the hip muscles. In fact, hip muscles are often neglected, forgotten, and left to shrivel and die. … Continue reading Strong hips make strong nurses
I finally did it -- I uploaded my first nurse workout video on YouTube! This is a big milestone for me for several reasons: a) It's been on my mind for the longest time, and b) I kept over-thinking how I wanted the video done and how perfect the video needed to be. The truth is, … Continue reading My first YouTube video is up!
In the middle of a 4-mile run in the park with my boyfriend, I wanted to add a quick workout in (since I never feel like a run is enough, but that's just me)! I wanted to do something short, yet still effective (AKA, help me burn fat and maintain my muscle gains). That's what … Continue reading 10 minute beginner HIIT workout that can be done anywhere!