If you’re a shift worker or doing FIFO, it’s important to look after your health. Don’t fall into the trap of doing less exercise due to work priorities. Consider the following statistics:
- shift workers have higher rates of obesity (30%) than the general population (24% of men and 23% of women),
- shift workers are more likely to smoke than the general population, and
- shift work has been linked to the development of serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
But the good news is that you don’t have to become one of these statistics. Here’s how you can stay fit and healthy while working nights.
1. Make exercise part of your daily routine
There’s no excuse not to exercise and the health benefits are obvious. None of us work 24 hours a day and you should only need around 8 hours of sleep per day.
You need to schedule some time each day or week for physical activity, no matter what it is. You’ll find it easier to find that time if you schedule an activity that you enjoy doing.
Exercising is not only good for your physical health; it helps your mental health as well. That’s because your body releases chemicals called endorphins into your brain. These endorphins can help to relieve stress, boost your mood, and improve your self-esteem. Exercising can also help to improve your sleep patterns, which many shift workers often find challenging.
2. Quit smoking (or don’t start)
Everyone knows that smoking isn’t good for your health, so there’s no reason to do it. Here are just three side effects of smoking:
- it harms nearly every organ in your body,
- it causes cardiovascular disease, and
- it prematurely ages you.
If you already smoke, try quitting (or at least cut back). If you don’t smoke, don’t start and use shift work as an excuse.
3. Make sure you get the right amount of sleep
The right amount of sleep helps to rejuvenate your body so that you can stay fit and healthy. It helps to keep your immune system strong and it’s also good for your mental health.
On the flip side, not enough sleep can affect both your physical and mental health. A lack of sleep has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. A lack of sleep can also contribute to workplace accidents due to fatigue.
How we can help
Searipple Village in Karratha has everything you need to stay fit and healthy in one convenient location. We have two fully equipped gyms onsite, as well as two pools, a tennis court and grass playing field that’s perfect for a game of touch football or cricket. We have our own Lifestyle Coordinator onsite who can provide exercise and nutrition advice and develop an individual program for you.
We offer a range of accommodation and dining options, and we’re just 20 minutes from Karratha Airport.
Contact us today if you’d like to find out more or make a booking!