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Too tired to be healthy??

I hope the new decade is treating you well! I myself am keeping busy with work and now preparing for the start of a new school semester- not sure how happy I am about that one? Let’s continue on with my controversial post: Top 5 Reasons (Excuses) Why Nurses Are ‘Unhealthy’, here are the top 5 reasons I hear from other nurses as to why they aren’t more healthy:

  • I don’t have the time/ I have no place to go
  • Smoking helps me relax / I can quit if I wanted to
  • I’m too tired
  • My back (or insert your favorite body part) hurts too much
  • I’m not dieting – I hate dieting

So I ‘ranted’ about reason #2. Let’s indulge reason #3.

I’m too tired:

This one baffles me the most. Of course you’re too tired! We’re all too tired. We ALL have busy/crazy/hectic lives and a daily schedule that is unrelenting. Whether it’s your occupation, your family, your hobbies, school, etc – something is always taking up time in your day.

Do you really think those of us who find the time to exercise are any ‘less’ busy than you? As if someone opened up a wormhole in the time-space continuum and gave us an extra couple hours in our 24 hour day? (Yes – I’m laying on the sarcasm pretty thick)

The difference is some MAKE the time while others use it as an excuse… and you know what they say about excuses!

I for one have to ‘force’ myself sometimes to ‘make’ it to the gym and workout. I won’t lie. There are a million times I’d rather drag my behind home and ‘collapse’, but every single time I make it to the gym I’m glad I did it. I never regret my choice to exercise. Being too tired is of course related to your level of physical fitness, but it’s also a mind-set. You are only as tired as you ‘feel’. Eat an apple, have a small cup of coffee, do whatever it takes to ‘wake up’ and get to it!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – if it’s important enough to you, you will make the time.

I not only sleep better, but my body feels better because I exercise. Yes, of course I get sore. And yes I’m not able to do nearly what I used to. I have to cut back and adjust what I do, but I refuse to believe that just because a person gets older they lose their ‘edge’ on life.

Start slow. Start small. Take baby steps. But TAKE the step! Quit telling yourself and others your just too tired.

It’s well known that energy stores and energy expenditure are directly related. It’s been researched and proven that the more you do (exercise) the more energy you will have (throughout the day as well as at the end). Does it not surprise you that those ‘healthy’ individuals are not nearly as sluggish and tired as the ‘unhealthy’ individuals after an exhausting shift?

You will continue to be ‘too tired’ until you find the courage, the strength, and the desire to improve your situation. There’s nothing to it- but to do it.

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2 Responses to Too tired to be healthy??

  1. Julee Waldrop

    Sean, great post! I have been a competitive athlete for over 35 years and a nurse for over 25. While nurses are the most trusted professionals in the U.S. once again, I am sure that if a poll was done on role models of health we would not be at the top. We are always preaching about caring for the “whole person” of our patient but what about caring for the “whole person” of ourself? Modeling is one of the most effective teaching methods and I wish more nurses would consider modeling healthy behaviors in 2010! Looking forward to your ranting on the next 2 reasons.

  2. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    @ Julee Thanks! If only we could practice what we preach so well.