#WeNurses - Thursday 6th August 2020 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Being an active nurse

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The case for increasing physical activity among the general population and the health and care workforce has never been more compelling, for improving both physical and mental health. However, achieving this is more complex, and for many people the reality of knowing how and where to start, and fitting regular exercise into busy work and home lives, can be challenging. 

This is WeActiveChallenge's 6th year of running - every August the WeCommunities have come together in friendly competition to

  • raise the profile of the importance of peer support and role modelling in physical activity
  • practice what we teach/preach as health and care staff
  • motivate, inspire and create a sense of community.

During this tweetchat we are planning to build on this to explore the following:

  • What are the benefits of increasing physical activity?
  • What should we be aiming for to achieve these benefits– in terms of recommended types of exercise, frequency and intensity?
  • What are the barriers to achieving these recommended levels of physical activity as nurses?
  • What can we do as nurses to support ourselves and our colleagues to be more active? 
  • What motivates you to be more active ?





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@Rosy_roo_roo
06 August 2020 20:00
RT @WeNurses: #WeNurses starts in 10 mins time Being an active nurse > http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5516 Grab a brew and join us :D https://t.co/s…
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:02
Hello and welcome to #WeNurses As it's the first week of #NursesActive tonights topic is "Being an active nurse" Please say "hi" if you are joining us and share your first thoughts :D https://t.co/8PmpK7h3i3
@ClareNash20
06 August 2020 20:02
RT @AgencyNurse: Starting in 2 mins #WeNurses on "Being an active nurse" #NursesActive
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:03
If you are sat watching the #nursesactive tweets (That'a great) jump over to #wenurses as we tweetchat about: Being an Active Nurses Pre chat here http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5516 or just click on #wenurses to jump right in!
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:04
Hello there First thoughts on being an active nurses .... some days you feel like the last thing you want to do is some exercise, but i find that those are the days when it's mosts beneficial #NursesActive #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1291449522053427201
@WeLDnurses
06 August 2020 20:04
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to #WeNurses As it's the first week of #NursesActive tonights topic is "Being an active nurse" Please s…
@WeDistrictNurse
06 August 2020 20:04
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to #WeNurses As it's the first week of #NursesActive tonights topic is "Being an active nurse" Please s…
@WeCYPnurses
06 August 2020 20:04
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to #WeNurses As it's the first week of #NursesActive tonights topic is "Being an active nurse" Please s…
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:05
QUESTION 1 What are the benefits of increasing physical activity? #WeNurses https://t.co/uNY1x5odeJ
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:05
@AgencyNurse Welcome and thanks for joining #wenurses Teresa and sharing your views too!
@WeMHNurses
06 August 2020 20:05
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 What are the benefits of increasing physical activity? #WeNurses https://t.co/uNY1x5odeJ
@Rosy_roo_roo
06 August 2020 20:05
@WeNurses #WeNurses hi ?? I’m a Community Nurse in Norfolk. Enjoying the last few days of annual leave, and trying to be as active as possible each day.
@WeDistrictNurse
06 August 2020 20:05
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 What are the benefits of increasing physical activity? #WeNurses https://t.co/uNY1x5odeJ
@ClareNash20
06 August 2020 20:06
@WeNurses Hi I am joining from the sofa #WeNurses
@sarahontarquil1
06 August 2020 20:06
Being more active so I can carry on enjoying exploring and adventures #mygoal I'm completing my #weactivechallenge board, being more active in August (and beyond), here's my evidence for one of the board tasks #WAC201 You can take part too here http://www.wegizmos.co.uk/WeDidItBoards/Show/2d9bb040-c934-423a-9276-ce711d9073ad #WeNurses https://t.co/HYJSBWggk1
@WeDistrictNurse
06 August 2020 20:06
RT @Rosy_roo_roo: @WeNurses #WeNurses hi ?? I’m a Community Nurse in Norfolk. Enjoying the last few days of annual leave, and trying to be…
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:06
@WeNurses for me it was always physical health to avoid common health issues, but this year mental health and well being has been so important too #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:07
Wow so many .... but so want to stress the mental health benefits of being active, i find that it gives me thinking time, it helps me de-stress and it also helps me sleep ! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1291450233675812866
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:07
@ClareNash20 @Rosy_roo_roo HI Both :) super big active welcome to #wenurses this eve :)
@ClareNash20
06 August 2020 20:07
@WeNurses Mental AND physical health improvements #WeNurses
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:07
@WeNurses #WeNurses Chemicals- all the feel good stuff for the mind! Body benefits Sense of achievement
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:08
@sarahontarquil1 Has the board helped focus some active nudges? #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:08
RT @JillAnneWill: @WeNurses #WeNurses Chemicals- all the feel good stuff for the mind! Body benefits Sense of achievement
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:08
@JillAnneWill @WeNurses sense of achievement ... never thought about that Jill but think you are right #Wenurses
@reynolds1975
06 August 2020 20:08
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to #WeNurses As it's the first week of #NursesActive tonights topic is "Being an active nurse" Please s…
@ClareNash20
06 August 2020 20:08
@WeNurses Fitter communities mean less burden on NHS and better for the environment #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:08
@lireland197 @JillAnneWill welcome along to #wenurses this eve - thanks for joining in :)
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:09
RT @JillAnneWill: @WeNurses #WeNurses Chemicals- all the feel good stuff for the mind! Body benefits Sense of achievement
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:09
@WeNurses @sarahontarquil1 #accountability #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:09
RT @ClareNash20: @WeNurses Fitter communities mean less burden on NHS and better for the environment #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:09
RT @ClareNash20: @WeNurses Fitter communities mean less burden on NHS and better for the environment #WeNurses
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:09
I suppose for me ... I’m thinking about prep for winter! Keen to be as fit as possible for what may be ahead! Need to get my flu vaccine too! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1291450233675812866
@ClareNash20
06 August 2020 20:10
@WeNurses Inspires others to take part thinking of @MarcelleTauber doing an amazing job #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:10
I like this from PHE #WeNurses #NursesActive https://t.co/xR55ZqGHNZ
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:10
@KathEvans2 thanks for being your amazing active and nursing experience to tonights #wenurses Kath!
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:11
RT @AgencyNurse: I like this from PHE #WeNurses #NursesActive https://t.co/xR55ZqGHNZ
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:11
@WeNurses I also think we need to try to practice the behaviours we advocate to improve and maintain health #wenurses
@Rosy_roo_roo
06 August 2020 20:11
@WeNurses #WeNurses all the normal things endorphins, improved cardio fitness, improved stress management. But for me personally - it’s a chance for me to do me. Not a nurse. Not a mum. Not a wife. All things I love and enjoy nevertheless! But a time for me.
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:11
But it’s being part of fab #NursesActive community encouraging each other ???? #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:11
I have to admit when covid first hit and i went back to nursing in a care home it became so much more important to exercise to stay fit and healthy and protect me and my family #WeNurses
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:12
@WeNurses Mostly positive, feel I have achieved something. Helps balance when stressed. Great for physical & emotional well being ?? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:13
Role Modeling behaviour always seems to raise an eyebrow and often volume too when it comes to being active - what are peoples thoughts on this? #wenurses https://twitter.com/lireland197/status/1291451785325023233
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:13
Could not agree more - I love August ! Also #NHS1000miles community so encouraging #WeNurses https://twitter.com/KathEvans2/status/1291451870687506434
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:13
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 What are the benefits of increasing physical activity? #WeNurses https://t.co/uNY1x5odeJ
@SMCord1
06 August 2020 20:14
RT @AgencyNurse: I like this from PHE #WeNurses #NursesActive https://t.co/xR55ZqGHNZ
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:14
Yep well said Rosy #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Rosy_roo_roo/status/1291451838835957772
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:14
How did you achieve this teresa? (And thanks for returning to practice too!!! #wenurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1291451946340159489
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:14
@AgencyNurse @WeNurses During the first couple of years after being diagnosed with a long term condition there seemed to be a lot of focus on what I couldn't do (especially by me)! Exercise reminds me of what my body is capable of :-) #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:14
@fiholley Thanks for sharing Fiona :) #wenurses
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:15
@WeNurses @lireland197 Thanks for facilitating @WeNurses #WeNurses
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:15
This is such a brilliant graphic on why being active matters for us, our family/community & our pts/carers #WeNurses https://twitter.com/agencynurse/status/1291451607926870017
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:15
QUESTION 2 What should we be aiming for to achieve the benefits of physical activity – in terms of recommended types of exercise, frequency and intensity? #WeNurses https://t.co/zWiR5tFYfg
@ClareNash20
06 August 2020 20:15
@WeNurses We are the most trusted profession- it is surely vital that we role model behaviours. Walk the walk pardon the pun ?? #WeNurses
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:15
@WeNurses For mental health and it burns off my fidgetiness ?? #WeNurses
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:15
@KathEvans2 Yup extra motivation to keep well at the moment! #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:15
RT @KathEvans2: This is such a brilliant graphic on why being active matters for us, our family/community & our pts/carers #WeNurses https:…
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:15
RT @KathEvans2: This is such a brilliant graphic on why being active matters for us, our family/community & our pts/carers #WeNurses https:…
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:15
@JillAnneWill @WeNurses thats so good to hear and such an amazing perspective ... thanks Jill #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:15
RT @KathEvans2: This is such a brilliant graphic on why being active matters for us, our family/community & our pts/carers #WeNurses https:…
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:16
@ClareNash20 walk the walk (and share your stats) is good for us :) #NursesActive #wenurses
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:16
@WeNurses 30mins to an hour of moving ever day seems to work for me #WeNurses
@Lailanie33
06 August 2020 20:16
These bags are heavy!! Should I use the lift?? Nope.. let’s use the stairs. #NursesActive #ImperialActive #WeNurses @WeNurses @Dsandelor @sasa_richard @MarcelleTauber https://t.co/VrINYxrT3f
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:17
RT @toribird79: @WeNurses 30mins to an hour of moving ever day seems to work for me #WeNurses
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:17
@WeNurses Set own goals, be realistic I started 3 years ago with C25K, had little belief in my ability. Now recommend it to anyone who wants to start running. But recognise not everyone can run, lots of other ways to stay fit. #wenurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:18
thats great, well done @lythell_nic #wenurses https://twitter.com/lythell_nic/status/1291453301029064704
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:18
What a great question, I think whatever we do has to be fun, or create a bit of smugness... the ultimate goal! ?? #NursesActive #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1291452754846769152
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:18
@WeNurses well the official answer to Question 2 is in the infographics But actually i feel that this can be a huge mountain to climb for some nurses ... so I would say just start ... even if its a little then thats great :D #WeNurses https://t.co/vJunsnC2Ra
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:19
@KathEvans2 can you be smug and supportive of others at the same time? #wenurses
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:19
@WeNurses Its great to start off with free options like walking and taking the stairs #WeNurses #nursesactive
@Lailanie33
06 August 2020 20:19
1st time to use the stairs in Lab block.. #NursesActive #ImperialActive #WeNurses @WeNurses @Dsandelor @sasa_richard https://t.co/vYvpNuRssU
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:19
@fiholley @WeNurses I started about the same time with couch to 5k ... always hated PE at school, never been athletic, always felt i was too tired or didn't have time .... but it was the best thing i have ever done #WeNurses
@SaraBordoley
06 August 2020 20:20
RT @KathEvans2: This is such a brilliant graphic on why being active matters for us, our family/community & our pts/carers #WeNurses
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:20
@WeNurses #WeNurses obviously there are guidelines but my hubby is (almost) a fully qualified PT... He would ask, why? What is it you want to achieve, (weight loss is a forbidden answer), what do you want to be able to do? It should be personal, not just prescribed.
@mynameisAndyJ
06 August 2020 20:20
Just saying hello to my lovely friends ?? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:20
Great sharing this eve Teresa :) @PHE_uk will be super happy #wenurses #allourhealth https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1291453607800377351
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:20
Love this answer Kath :D #WeNurses https://twitter.com/KathEvans2/status/1291453599978061824
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:20
Love this answer too :) #WeNurses https://twitter.com/lireland197/status/1291453872939175943
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:21
#wenurses https://twitter.com/jeansaunders2/status/1291454152338538497
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:21
Wow that's amazing to hear Jean #WeNurses https://twitter.com/jeansaunders2/status/1291454152338538497
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:21
Agree. I’ve spent way to long thinking I’m not good enough. Now it’s my race my pace, I’m doing it for me and no one else although clearly benefits family if I’m fit & healthy ?? #wenurses https://twitter.com/agencynurse/status/1291453962542092289
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:21
I think you need to find out what someones current activity is and help them make the next step #wenurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1291453607800377351
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:21
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/ShirleyA_Brooks/status/1291454073024249856
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:21
This is a fantastic share - thank you and good luck @Rosy_roo_roo #wenurses https://twitter.com/Rosy_roo_roo/status/1291454123766841345
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:22
#WeNurses @SaraBordoley ???? https://twitter.com/sarabordoley/status/1291454383973113856
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:22
@KathEvans2 that may have been a loaded question :) great answer #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:23
@fiholley so true and for me it's not about how far or fast i go but the fact that i keep going #WeNurses Thought at the moment injury means i am substituting runs with walk - runs, cycles and yoga #Wenurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:23
RT @lireland197: I think you need to find out what someones current activity is and help them make the next step #wenurses https://t.co/jJ6…
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:24
RT @JillAnneWill: @WeNurses #WeNurses obviously there are guidelines but my hubby is (almost) a fully qualified PT... He would ask, why? Wh…
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:24
RT @AgencyNurse: @fiholley so true and for me it's not about how far or fast i go but the fact that i keep going #WeNurses Thought at the…
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:24
RT @KathEvans2: #WeNurses @SaraBordoley ???? https://twitter.com/sarabordoley/status/1291454383973113856
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:24
#wenurses https://twitter.com/SaraBordoley/status/1291454383973113856
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:25
QUESTION 3 What are the barriers to achieving these recommended levels of physical activity as nurses? #WeNurses https://t.co/N3KRAivDiB
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:25
@KathEvans2 @SaraBordoley Oh my goodness yes ... have met and made so many wonderful friends through being more active #WeNurses
@WeCYPnurses
06 August 2020 20:25
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 3 What are the barriers to achieving these recommended levels of physical activity as nurses? #WeNurses https://t.…
@WeDistrictNurse
06 August 2020 20:25
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 3 What are the barriers to achieving these recommended levels of physical activity as nurses? #WeNurses https://t.…
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:25
@WeNurses Time!!! Workload and pressures can wreck the best intentions ?? #WeNurses
@VickiaDSN
06 August 2020 20:26
@WeNurses 3 children, husband that works away and no family close by. Basically time! #WeNurses
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:26
@WeNurses time, tiredness, life and concerns about body image. Its often easier to flop on a sofa, comfort eat or have a drink as a quick fix #wenurses need to remember how good activity can make us feel
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:26
@WeNurses denial :) I'll start tomorrow :( I don't have the time :( I don't have the right trainers :( #wenurses
@WeMHNurses
06 August 2020 20:27
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 3 What are the barriers to achieving these recommended levels of physical activity as nurses? #WeNurses https://t.…
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:27
I think we have to acknowledge how hard it is for nurses to be active - shift patterns, long days, really hard days can hugely impact on your ability to be active I really only got more active when my kids got older and life became a bit easier & i had more me time #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1291455263644495878
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:27
@WeNurses Shift working and nights was always problematic for finding the energy to be active! These days I have to regularly detach myself from the computer and move/stretch/tap dance #WeNurses
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:27
I can relate to all of these #wenurses https://twitter.com/NRCUK/status/1291455680931598338
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:27
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 3 What are the barriers to achieving these recommended levels of physical activity as nurses? #WeNurses https://t.…
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:27
@WeNurses #WeNurses ME! I have learned to exercise earlier in the day because by the time evening comes I can convince myself that really I've had a busy day! #EarlyBird Exercise before your brain figures out what you're doing!
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:27
@NRCUK @WeNurses Damn those wrong trainers!!! #WeNurses
@becksreynolds
06 August 2020 20:28
@WeNurses #WeNurses sorry late joiner! We face the same barriers as everyone else. It doesn’t necessarily become easier because we understand and value the benefit!
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:28
We also need to bear in mind socio - economic factors associated with being more active and where nurses sit here ... @CavellTrust have some hard hitting stats about financial hardship and nurses #WeNurses
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:29
I wonder if we use the excuse of time? Don’t get me wrong I know life is complex and nurses are brilliant jugglers, but even 10mins can make all the difference in releasing endorphins I think.... #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1291455263644495878
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:29
@JillAnneWill @WeNurses I’ve recently started my running at 7am and I’m amazed at myself! #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:29
@toribird79 @WeNurses oh lord nights ... tbh i could barely function on nights let alone contemplate doing any exercise #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:29
brilliant :) thanks for sharing @JillAnneWill #wenurses https://twitter.com/JillAnneWill/status/1291455940743565320
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:29
RT @toribird79: @NRCUK @WeNurses Damn those wrong trainers!!! #WeNurses
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:29
@WeNurses I have a PhD in procrastination ?? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:30
RT @lireland197: I can relate to all of these #wenurses https://twitter.com/NRCUK/status/1291455680931598338
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:30
@toribird79 @JillAnneWill @WeNurses Oh wow! I love an early run and @clairedavis45 does too ???? #WeNurses
@Jenni_Bay
06 August 2020 20:30
@WeNurses #WeNurses (forgot that last time) however I have just got a treadmill so that I can walk indoors when the little one is sleeping
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:30
@AgencyNurse @CavellTrust That’s a really good point! Gym memberships and swimming are really expensive. One of the reasons I love the free exercises outdoors! #weNurses
@PhilBallRN
06 August 2020 20:30
@WeNurses #wenurses #NursesActive to begin with i thought shifts got in the way, but actually gave me time on days off , lack of showers at work still an environment problem, puts me off run.or bike to work ??
@KarenWingfield8
06 August 2020 20:30
RT @AgencyNurse: I like this from PHE #WeNurses #NursesActive https://t.co/xR55ZqGHNZ
@Rosy_roo_roo
06 August 2020 20:31
@WeNurses Sorry to say it but ... work ???? On work days my step count is atrocious! The barrier is my mindset though - I do need to stop and take a break, a walk round the block perhaps. @DavidLeaper takes a walk most days - which I admire. #wenurses
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:31
I expect if your focus is making a budget last, then self care and exercise are not going to feature high on the list #WeNurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1291456125230088198
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:31
@AgencyNurse @WeNurses Snap!! #WeNurses
@LeanneHPatrick
06 August 2020 20:31
@NRCUK @WeNurses Caring responsibilities Disability Mental distress Poverty Lack of time Domestic abuse Obesogenic environments Illness Work patterns Shame #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:31
@KathEvans2 I think there's something about getting that message out there though Kath ... one of the reasons i love PHE's Active 10 app, we need to celebrate little and often ... which is why i love #NursesActive .. nurses take the stairs, or dance about, or take a lunchtime walk #WeNurses
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:31
Oh yes!!! And on a winters morning with a head torch ?? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/beckyplatt3/status/1291456429606547456
@becksreynolds
06 August 2020 20:32
@AgencyNurse @CavellTrust #WeNurses that’s exactly it, just because of our professional status is doesn’t make nurses except from health inequalities
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:32
@KathEvans2 @JillAnneWill @WeNurses @clairedavis45 It certainly creates smugness once done and there’s only been one occasion so far where I really didn’t want to go (but I did!) #weNurses
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:32
@PhilBallRN @WeNurses I've long said that we don't need billions spent on cycle paths, bike schemes etc - but the ability to shower and store bikes at work, lockers, drying rooms is where the money needs to go! #wenurses
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:32
RT @PhilBallRN: @WeNurses #wenurses #NursesActive to begin with i thought shifts got in the way, but actually gave me time on days off , la…
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:32
RT @PhilBallRN: @WeNurses #wenurses #NursesActive to begin with i thought shifts got in the way, but actually gave me time on days off , la…
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:32
@lireland197 absolutely ... so how do we get those nurses to think differently about taking care of themselves ?? Even more important in the light of Covid ! #WeNurses
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:33
@Jenni_Bay @WeNurses #WeNurses I got a treadmill pre-lockdown to keep me active when the weather was poor outside. #Raynauds Having feeling in your feet when you run is kind of helpful! Saves epic falls!
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:33
Hear hear ... bite sized manageable 10mins chunks are a great way to fit exercise in .... ultra running NOT essential... but that’s fun too ?? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/agencynurse/status/1291456938715369477
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:34
@PhilBallRN @WeNurses Oh gosh yes ... environment, great thought Philip ! Showers and changing facilities at work would be really helpful ! #WeNurses
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:34
@KathEvans2 I ?? rain running! It’s my favourite sort!! #WeNurses
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:34
@AgencyNurse Covid focussed our minds and we included stretching and fresh air into our daily huddle . The whole team got involved but I must admit our focus has slipped back into our old sedentary ways recently. We need to incorporate into our working day, healthy environments #wenurses
@becksreynolds
06 August 2020 20:34
@AgencyNurse @KathEvans2 #WeNurses yes and we also need to recognise the impact of a fellow motivator and support to get past that initial ‘I don’t have time’
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:35
QUESTION 4 What can we do as nurses to support ourselves and our colleagues to be more active? #WeNurses https://t.co/UARurUo6VH
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:35
@LeanneHPatrick @WeNurses thats a lot to juggle indeed - i let 6 of them hold me back for about 10 years! #wenurses
@AnnadaviesSN
06 August 2020 20:35
Someone was very happy that the sun was shining on one of her walks this morning. It was a lovely sunny start to the day in Anglesey and a lovely sunny end too, we won’t talk about the middle part ?? #WeNurses #WeActiveChallenge https://t.co/Wi0VP663O9
@WeCYPnurses
06 August 2020 20:36
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 4 What can we do as nurses to support ourselves and our colleagues to be more active? #WeNurses https://t.co/UARu…
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:36
Wow that sounds amazing .... but yes it should be the norm #WeNurses https://twitter.com/lireland197/status/1291457720936214530
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:36
@Rosy_roo_roo @KathEvans2 @JillAnneWill @WeNurses @clairedavis45 Believe me when I say it’s a real miracle for me. I am NO way a morning person but it sort of helps me get into the day more aimiably. And because I’m a zombie when I go out the door it makes starting running a little easier #WeNurses
@h2cm
06 August 2020 20:36
@AgencyNurse @lireland197 #WeNurses #h2cm is very applicable here too #patient #care & #nurses -> #selfcare #Wellbeing Mental & Physical (care domains) This book re. pain and causality helps illustrate scope of the model: https://hodges-model.blogspot.com/2020/08/book-causality-complexity-evidence-unique-pt.html Thanks
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:37
RT @becksreynolds: @AgencyNurse @KathEvans2 #WeNurses yes and we also need to recognise the impact of a fellow motivator and support to get…
@Lailanie33
06 August 2020 20:37
You can do it Bola!! #NursesActive #ImperialActive #WeNurses @WeNurses @Dsandelor @sasa_richard https://t.co/HS06NMtEXG
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:37
@becksreynolds @KathEvans2 yes you are right .... so how do we support fellow nurses to take care of themselves ? #WeNurses
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:38
the peer support here got and keeps me going, but you can't ever get anyone to make the first step, but you can encourage and make that first step one of many #WeNurses THANK YOU to all of you that support me to stay active :) https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1291457778167447553
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:38
@WeNurses #WeNurses #RGUNMandP colleagues have been great over the years: planned trips with students & staff, walking meetings, walk at lunch, class pre-work or lunch, online challenges, strava encouragement etc...
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:38
@WeNurses Having an exercise buddy helps as can motivate each other. I recently went out with a work colleague for a run, it was fab, motivated us both @hnbarker #WeNurses
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:38
@WeNurses Being active together helps. Not necessarily physically, but peer support and cheering one another along make the effort more worthy! #WeNurses
@WeDistrictNurse
06 August 2020 20:39
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 4 What can we do as nurses to support ourselves and our colleagues to be more active? #WeNurses https://t.co/UARu…
@becksreynolds
06 August 2020 20:39
@AgencyNurse @KathEvans2 Wow I’d love to be able to answer this one easily. #WeNurses
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:39
I struggled a little at the start of lockdown having to run on my own. I had to make it a new goal #WeNurses https://twitter.com/fiholley/status/1291458655586594818
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:39
This is a really important question ... because if we don't look after nurses where will we be? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1291457778167447553
@h2cm
06 August 2020 20:40
@AgencyNurse @lireland197 #COVID__19 #Covid19UK too #WeNurses Helps to think and reflect in any situation: "Coronavirus: Under a conceptual Macroscope" https://hodges-model.blogspot.com/2020/03/coronavirus-under-conceptual-macroscope.html You can of of personalise the content as per nurse's circumstances - general health / risk factors ... TY
@VickiaDSN
06 August 2020 20:40
@WeNurses Encourage one another. I do very little steps when I’m at work, sometimes we go for a walk around the hospital ground at lunchtime to get some steps in. Also try and go up and down the stairs every hour or so just to keep active #WeNurses #sitless #movemore
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:40
@becksreynolds @KathEvans2 me too ... perhaps the answer is something around being person centred ?? What works for and motivates one nurse is not the same as the next after all #WeNurses
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:41
@fiholley @WeNurses @hnbarker we all get motivated and supported in different ways :) one of our mutual friends has a very particular way to "support and motivate" us :) #wenurses
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:41
@NRCUK And thank you Nick for allowing me to pass you in a marathon ?? whoop ?? ???????????????? #WeNurses .... small joys ....
@Lailanie33
06 August 2020 20:41
Whew!! 5 floors to go!! #NursesActive #ImperialActive #WeNurses @WeNurses @Dsandelor @sasa_richard https://t.co/TfrwcQhrEF
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:41
@lireland197 #WeNurses If I'm out running alone I need some really good music to keep me going and keep my pace up :-) Being part of @Strava has helped me to have that accountability
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:42
Whoops #WeNurses even! Hashtag muddle!! https://twitter.com/kathevans2/status/1291458800361275393
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:42
@KathEvans2 was the hardest thing i ever did letting you use my slipstream and fly past me into the distance :) you were and are amazing!!! #wenurses
@LeanneHPatrick
06 August 2020 20:42
@NRCUK @WeNurses I see people walk through the door of the MH service I work in every day for whom exercise is less of a priority than coping through each day. The suicide rate for nurses suggests we can look closer to home than is comfortable to see similar concerns #WeNurses
@lilian_chiwera
06 August 2020 20:43
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 4 What can we do as nurses to support ourselves and our colleagues to be more active? #WeNurses https://t.co/UARu…
@Lailanie33
06 August 2020 20:43
And 1 more floor to go!!! #NursesActive #ImperialActive @WeNurses #WeNurses #WeActive @Dsandelor @sasa_richard https://t.co/dAygLzaHp6
@Rosy_roo_roo
06 August 2020 20:43
@PhilBallRN Meeting face to face? Much of my meetings are through Teams. Maybe it’s something I can try and work in to my day. @CNOEngland Ruth May recently tweeted that she moved more with walking meetings. #WeNurses
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:43
@KathEvans2 recommended some apprs recently . I need to find them and try them to motivate me on solo runs #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JillAnneWill/status/1291459514118660103
@becksreynolds
06 August 2020 20:43
@SMCord1 @WeNurses #WeNurses a valuble point. We need to be mindful of individual choice and the barrier we may not know about, however sharing it enthusiasm for something may encourage other to try in without pressuring them.
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:45
QUESTION 5 What motivates you to be more active ? #WeNurses https://t.co/FmjmlxwgG3
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:45
@LeanneHPatrick @NRCUK @WeNurses It’s hard isn’t it, when unwell just finding the strength to even do some of the basic things like getting dressed. Let alone exercise. There’s a lot of mental effort needed to keep going exercise wise I find. From experience it is helpful though! #WeNurses
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:45
We do walk & talk at work if possible as enables work to continue with out sitting looking at a screen! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/rosy_roo_roo/status/1291460003082252293
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:45
@KathEvans2 you never lose a race to a friend :) #wenurses
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:46
@JillAnneWill @lireland197 @Strava I’d definitely recommend the @Nike #NikeRunning app with @bennettrun and @andypuddicombe i can’t meditate but the @Headspace runs are perfect for me .... a seem to be able to tune into them and the run just flows ?? #WeNurses #NursesActive #NHS1000 https://t.co/a7XVuB2X4U
@Lailanie33
06 August 2020 20:46
A bit of rest after reaching the top.#NursesActive #ImperialActive @WeNurses #WeNurses #WeActive https://t.co/FZNBlsAfbE
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:46
@WeNurses In truth my motivation is impacted by my mood, workload and self esteem levels. So highs & lows for me #WeNurses
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:47
@toribird79 @LeanneHPatrick @WeNurses the struggle is very real for many, and for many now isn't the time, and it is often made much worse by the visibility of constant sharing of the benefits too #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:47
We can't deny that being more active is hard for many nurses and it's complex ... however we also can't deny the benefits of being more active as nurses ..which is why we should try to help and support fellow nurses where we can IMO #WeNurses
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:47
@WeNurses I want to have more “good” energy and feel fitter. banish the sluggish feelings! I also want to continue eating skittles when I feel like it! #WeNurses
@h2cm
06 August 2020 20:47
@WeNurses #WeNurses Post- #Covid19UK - work colleagues can try something 'new' could be part of team-building ??or informal ice-skating cycling (velodrome!?) climbing wall snorkelling (course -> Cert!) park run ... Dividend could be then intro their own family to the activity..?
@shiv_smith
06 August 2020 20:47
@WeNurses I nearly missed this because I was out walking again ???? #NursesActive #WeActiveChallenge competition works ?? #WeNurses
@shiv_smith
06 August 2020 20:47
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 5 What motivates you to be more active ? #WeNurses https://t.co/FmjmlxwgG3
@Lailanie33
06 August 2020 20:47
??????You made it Bola the 2nd time around!! #NursesActive #ImperialActive #WeNurses @WeNurses @Dsandelor @sasa_richard https://t.co/Vy0cv7MglT
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:47
@WeNurses #WeNurses Having a specific goal- this year we are climbing the five peaks of the lake district in one go for @A21 which is a charity focused on the abolition of slavery across the world It's about more than me
@VickiaDSN
06 August 2020 20:48
@WeNurses Long term health. Being a role model for my children. If I’m encouraging my patients to be active then I should be doing the same “practice what you preach”. Also maintaining a healthy weight and BMI is important to me. #WeNurses
@Luke_DynamDeliv
06 August 2020 20:48
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 What are the benefits of increasing physical activity? #WeNurses https://t.co/uNY1x5odeJ
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:48
@KathEvans2 @JillAnneWill @lireland197 @Strava @Nike @bennettrun @andypuddicombe @Headspace I didn’t realise headspace did runs ??#WeNurses
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:48
@JackieSmith_nmc @WeNurses I love team #NHS1000miles HT @JackieSmith_nmc @NICILT @wilsoncat @smillichope @fiholley @RunMoreEatMore @BecksBDaniels @BeckyMcconnel19 @MarcHarder @researchPhil @RunnerNursePhil @hepworth_becky et al #WeNurses
@Jenni_Bay
06 August 2020 20:48
@WeNurses For me. It’s the want to be more active and a fun mommy. I want to do more fun things with my daughter but find I’m too tired or ‘unfit’ to do it. #WeNurses
@Luke_DynamDeliv
06 August 2020 20:48
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to #WeNurses As it's the first week of #NursesActive tonights topic is "Being an active nurse" Please s…
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:49
@WeNurses Oh bling.... it’s all about the bling too ?? #WeNurses
@Lailanie33
06 August 2020 20:49
And #TeamCDU did it again!! #teameffort #TogetherWeCan #NursesActive #ImperialActive #WeNurses @WeNurses https://t.co/eZrEomANtb
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:49
My children - I want to be more active so that my children develop healthy habits and I want to be around to spend lots of quality time with them as they grow up. #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1291460299997011969
@Rosy_roo_roo
06 August 2020 20:50
@WeNurses I’ve committed to be able to run at week 6 level so a physio colleague can join me after work once a week. Defo need to improve my ‘norm’ to take a break and take a walk whilst at work. I know I’m more productive afterwards! #WeNurses
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:50
@KathEvans2 @WeNurses Have to say bling has encouraged me before!! #WeNurses
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:50
hehehe we love it :D #WeNurses https://twitter.com/shiv_smith/status/1291460929469775873
@rosieod_od
06 August 2020 20:50
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 5 What motivates you to be more active ? #WeNurses https://t.co/FmjmlxwgG3
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:51
Oh and this !!! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/KathEvans2/status/1291461302267850752
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:51
Who's not felt like this - what would you suggest to support Jenni #wenurses https://twitter.com/Jenni_Bay/status/1291461175834796033
@MichaelaMorris8
06 August 2020 20:51
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 5 What motivates you to be more active ? #WeNurses https://t.co/FmjmlxwgG3
@WendyJNicholson
06 August 2020 20:53
RT @AgencyNurse: I like this from PHE #WeNurses #NursesActive https://t.co/xR55ZqGHNZ
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:53
I used to try to play their games rather than sitting on the park bench with the mums and dads . You get the feel good buzz from their enthusiasm #wenurses
@shiv_smith
06 August 2020 20:53
@WeNurses 2/2 I believe this still makes me accessible as I will suggest you could stop smoking but I could lose weight. Common ground is key...I mean we can’t tell people what to do or they will do the opposite #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:53
Oh yes i forgot ice cream ... definitely ice cream ! Will even "run" uphill for ice cream ! #Wenurses https://twitter.com/fiholley/status/1291461926116089856
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:54
@WeNurses not dying, seeing my daughter married, knowing my grandchildren, having more energy (sometimes) not being a statistic, not putting pressure on NHS, having time to me, fixing long term chronic back pain... mostly selfish things really, but it is a good trade off #wenurses
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:54
@Jenni_Bay @WeNurses Hi Jenni, friends have made a big difference to my fitness, walking to town for a coffee, playing in the park, it does get easier as they get older, promise xx @iHealthVisiting and @bestbeginnings have ideas ?? too #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:54
I love things like this - nursing colleagues encouraging and supporting eachother to take the stairs ... small changes #NursesActive #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Lailanie33/status/1291461439883010048
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:55
With 5 mins left to tonights #WeNurses what are your top tips and final thoughts on "being an active nurse" ? #NursesActive https://t.co/qjGH9qfsQT
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:55
oops twitter fail! not tagged @jenny_bay #wenurses
@Louise90999815
06 August 2020 20:55
RT @WeNurses: With 5 mins left to tonights #WeNurses what are your top tips and final thoughts on "being an active nurse" ? #NursesActive…
@fiholley
06 August 2020 20:55
@WeNurses It’s so worth it #WeNurses ??
@WeNurses
06 August 2020 20:55
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/SKasaven/status/1291462798967480320
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:56
RT @WeNurses: With 5 mins left to tonights #WeNurses what are your top tips and final thoughts on "being an active nurse" ? #NursesActive…
@Rosy_roo_roo
06 August 2020 20:56
@WeNurses #WeNurses being pain free. Being able to do bilateral compression without breaking a sweat. Improving my sleep. Seeing my shape change and my clothes fit differently. Being able to keep up in #rugby fitness!! (Never going to happen @WalshamVikings!)
@shiv_smith
06 August 2020 20:56
RT @WeNurses: With 5 mins left to tonights #WeNurses what are your top tips and final thoughts on "being an active nurse" ? #NursesActive…
@lireland197
06 August 2020 20:56
try to remember how good you feel after activity and draw on that when you are looking for excuses and join with friends for support #wenurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1291462814444539907
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:56
@WeNurses Let’s just make it happen ?? we’re in control xx #WeNurses ... & this isn’t just about running https://t.co/nBwXajmS8Y
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:56
@WeNurses buddy up - it's almost impossible on your own and much more fun to achieve with others that have been on a similar journey :) #wenurses
@NRCUK
06 August 2020 20:57
RT @KathEvans2: @WeNurses Let’s just make it happen ?? we’re in control xx #WeNurses ... & this isn’t just about running https://t.co/nBwXaj…
@KathEvans2
06 August 2020 20:58
Fab chat everyone TY @WeNurses @AgencyNurse @NRCUK #wenurses for your constant inspiration and encouragement xx #NursesActive #NHS1000miles https://t.co/NtRKBFZesj
@toribird79
06 August 2020 20:58
@WeNurses Find something you enjoy doing. Something that gives you a sense of achievement. start slow and small and celebrates the achievements. Share the journey with a friend. Reward yourself for your achievements. Don’t be too hard on yourself! #WeNurses
@Louise90999815
06 August 2020 20:58
@NRCUK @WeNurses I agree I am going open water swimming next week and having a one to one??#WeNurses https://t.co/DxP7fawaJJ
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:58
It doesn't have to be expensive, it doesn't have to take lots of time, or need to be a marathon, make a small change & go from there - take the stairs, park a little further away, download PHE Active 10 app It will make a difference to your mental & physical health #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1291462814444539907
@becksreynolds
06 August 2020 20:59
@WeNurses #WeNurses find your passion, make it fun and if possible share your enjoyment with others, it may be the support and encouragement they need to do the same ??
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:59
THIS #WeNurses https://twitter.com/toribird79/status/1291463658518781952
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:59
RT @KathEvans2: Fab chat everyone TY @WeNurses @AgencyNurse @NRCUK #wenurses for your constant inspiration and encouragement xx #NursesActi…
@benthenurse
06 August 2020 20:59
@WeNurses You lot! Seriously; I’ve surprised myself with how much I’ve responded to seeing what others are doing. #wenurses
@JillAnneWill
06 August 2020 20:59
@WeNurses #WeNurses 1. Know your "why" 2. Decide on your "what" 3. Experiment to find the "how" you most enjoy 4. Find your "who" to be accountable to 5. Keep at it :-)
@AgencyNurse
06 August 2020 20:59
RT @JillAnneWill: @WeNurses #WeNurses 1. Know your "why" 2. Decide on your "what" 3. Experiment to find the "how" you most enjoy 4. Find…




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