Travel Nurse: Staying Motivated to Exercise on Assignment

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By The Gypsy Nurse

July 20, 2019



Travel Nurses Maintain Motivation to Exercise

How do travel nurses stay motivated to exercise after working 3 or 4 twelve hours shifts a week?

I asked my fellow Travel Nurses…

I received some great responses. Here are the Top 5 suggestions on how travel nurses stay motivated to exercise or workout while working on an assignment.

Set Goals:

Staying motivated starts with setting a goal. Set a goal for a specific dated physical event (i.e., Marathon, walking event, etc.) and tell everyone that matters to you.  Having people who you care about help hold you accountable is a great motivator.

Make it A Habit:

According to research, it takes only 21 days to form a habit.  If you can do anything for 13 weeks, you can certainly handle 21 Days.


Determine your goals and request someone who you see as a Mentor to help keep you accountable and on-track.

Show Up:

This sounds very simple, but it’s frequently the most difficult part. Start by simply showing up, whether that is a gym, a class, or even just setting a time in your housing comfort to workout or exercise. Show up.

Reward yourself:

Set specific goals and give yourself a reward when you reach them. The reward can be whatever you feel will motivate you to do well. It could be a treat, cheat day or again whatever make you stay motivated.

Have you found any ways to stay motivated to exercise or workout while you are on assignments or between assignments? Do you use any of the methods above? What works for you? Please post your recommendations in the comments.

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