How to ditch the gym!

As we enter into the middle of the second month of the year, it’s safe to say that most new years resolutions have already gone out the window. The most popular resolution, exercising more, starts with a motivated dream and soon dwindles to nothing more than a bundle of excuses… but realistically, who in healthcare has time to go to the gym? And more to the point, how many of us actually enjoy it?

But what if I was to tell you that you could maintain your resolution to move more without even realising it? Well, the team at Women in Healthcare UK have compiled their top ten tips on how to fit in exercise between night shifts, school runs and the hectic schedules of women in the healthcare sector!


  1. Standing up a lot? Do heel or try to subtly balance on your tippy toes for up to a minute at a time.


2. Brushing your teeth or waiting for your tea to brew? Simply stand on one leg to do these activities or even push out a few squats!


3. Power walk. Yes, it may seem like its no different to walking at a normal pace but by power walking (where possible AND appropriate) you will burn an extra 20 calories than you would when walking at a normal pace.


4. Try to take the stairs and not the lift. By scaling floors by foot, you’re burning calories that a lift could never destroy!


5. You may not realise it but if you’re walking around short spaces over a long period of time at work, the steps are adding up! Nurses who work 12-hour shifts can see their steps amount to over 2 miles, a real step in the right direction when it comes to exercise!


6. Try exercise DVDs! 20-minute workouts in your living room might feel silly, but small bursts of exercise where possible all add up!


7. Walk and talk! Use your breaks to walk and talk with co-workers to not only build up those all important steps but emotionally unwind and relax in the fresh air!


8. Kill two birds with one stone and use your days off to spend time with your family at the park, on walks or bike rides.


9. A lot of healthcare workers recommend yoga! Its the perfect way to rewind and exercise at the same time! If you can’t make it to a studio, find yoga tutorials on YouTube and give it a try.


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