Like most of us, you’re more than likely concerned about staying healthy, and you know that a key part of that is getting exercise, especially when you have a bit more stress as a healthcare traveler. You make plans go to the gym while on assignment, but it doesn’t always happen. You keep telling yourself that tomorrow you will make the time.

But the odds are that there will never be enough time. In fact, for many, it may take a real effort to even make it to the gym once or twice a week. If that’s the case, what can you do to make sure you get enough exercise? According to personal coach Nick Crocker, you have to incorporate it into your daily routine.

To do this, you first need to change your attitude, Crocker says. Most people think that if they don’t get into the gym to run five miles or spend an hour pumping iron, there’s no point to exercising at all. That’s just not true. You take what you can get, even if it’s as little as five minutes. You’re not shooting for perfection, just improvement. Try to add five minutes to your routine each week, if possible.

If you miss a week, forget about it. Don’t let it haunt you so much that it affects your attitude going forward. There are always going to be things that get in the way. Don’t let these throw you. Get right back up again and exercise.

When you plan your routine, don’t look ahead any further than seven days. It’s too hard to plan any exercise routine beyond that, especially while on assignment.

Also, exercise should be enjoyable. If you hate working out on the treadmill or doing the rowing machine, stop it. There are other ways to get exercise. Try walking if you enjoy that more, or climbing, hiking or kayaking. Also, doing it with others makes it more enjoyable as well.

For example, while on assignment, since you’re in a new city, why not make a point of exploring new neighborhoods and areas on your days off? A three-to-five mile jaunt around your new digs is a terrific way to get some heart-pumping exercise in.

What do you do on assignment to make sure you stay active? What challenges have you come across that you didn’t anticipate and what did you do to overcome them?

Are you “actively” thinking of looking for assignments as a healthcare traveler? If so, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing to discuss our opportunities and to learn more about this exciting career option.