working out and working 3rd shifts

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    Jul 28, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    I work 3rd shift at a major retail giant stocking. I get my exercise from lifting boxes, loading trucks, using pallet jacks. I therefore am super tired and sleep all day until it is time to go. I have been truggling to balance waking up to go to the gym before my shift overnights. Sometimes i get so tired at work if I have gone to the gym beforehand. Any helpful suggestions. I am the type that requires 7 to 8 hrs sleep just to function !
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    Jul 28, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    So you work eight hours and you sleep eight hours. What do you do the other eight?
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    Jul 28, 2009 9:23 PM GMT
    I forgot to add I have to log on online daily to University of Pheonix where I am currently enrolled. That takes a big chunk of time. and I have to confess I am a bathroom hog and take a while to get in my work clothes and clean and stuff. Commute to work is 50 minutes.
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    Jul 29, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    Time management. See where you cut time and allocate it somewhere else.

    Can you workout during your lunch break? If so, then learn to be less of a bathroom hog. I used to run during my lunch breaks. I'd jump in the bathroom to get in to my running gear and then be outside in 10 minutes. Then I'd run for a mile or until it hits the half hour point. Then I'd be back in the office, quick cat bath, change in to my regular clothes, then use the rest of my lunch break to eat, and then back to work.

    Really, what's the point of the being squeaky clean when the nature of your job is manual labor? As long as you don't stink the place up, you'll be fine. I was lucky to have my own cubicle, so even if I did stink, no one would notice. icon_lol.gif

    Another thing you could try is working out after work. I'm sure you're pretty tired by the end of your shift, but I think working after work is less of a struggle than doing it before work.
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    Jul 30, 2009 7:27 AM GMT
    collegegraddude saidI work 3rd shift at a major retail giant stocking. I get my exercise from lifting boxes, loading trucks, using pallet jacks. I therefore am super tired and sleep all day until it is time to go. I have been truggling to balance waking up to go to the gym before my shift overnights. Sometimes i get so tired at work if I have gone to the gym beforehand. Any helpful suggestions. I am the type that requires 7 to 8 hrs sleep just to function !


    Working nights is hard. Your rhythms get all out of whack. Signals from the sun, and the moon, and society, in general, are out of whack with your schedule and it's a grind. I really hated working nights.

    There's a lot of science floating around on The Internet on things you can do, and studies of the same sorts of issues you're having.

    You need to educate yourself on things that make it hard for you to rest properly, and things that can help you minimize the negative affects of working nights. Visual ques, environment, coffee, etc.

    I remember one summer in college I had three jobs, and each on a different shift. I was really beat, constantly. Sucked.