Over the past three years, since I started working, I have been assigned to different shift schedules due to the nature of my work, the delivery center format.
Depending on the clients’ location, we adjust our office hours to align with their working hours or their out-of-office hours, accordingly.
For example, if our client is in the US, we will adjust to their time zone, usually at Eastern Standard Time, which makes our working hours around 8 PM-6 AM MNL (we work 10-hours) or the nightshift.
For the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa), the timing is quite different. It can be as early as 1 PM-11 PM or as late as 5 PM-3 AM. This is what is usually called the mid-shift.
For the Australia region, however, we will adjust a little earlier than usual. Usually, 4 AM-2 PM.
The only ‘good’ thing with these schedules is the minimal traffic around the metro compared to the regular morning shift.
So when it comes to running, I needed to adjust my running schedule accordingly to match my shift.
Here are some ways that I learned to run even if my working schedule keeps shifting.
Run before going to the office.
Best Schedule: Regular, Night
When it comes to running, it’s best to do it before going to the office.
It was found out that doing so gives more energy throughout the day (or night).
It is also the coolest time of the day because the sun is only about to come up or already gone down.
Disadvantage: Running in the dark. So finding a well-lit and safe place is your primary concern.
Utilize the gym.
Best Schedule: Mid-shift, Early Morning
The mid-shift, for me, is the most awkward time to run. You get up around noon when it is so hot, and you go home late at night when it is not that safe.
Early morning shift, however, is the opposite of mid-shift. You get up early in the morning, and you go home at the hottest time of the day in the early afternoon.
So using the treadmill at the gym is the best solution for your running needs. Gyms are also usually offered by most companies for free.
Disadvantage: If not offered by your company, you will need to pay for gym fees.
Run before going home from the office.
Best Schedule: Morning, Night Shift
The dreaded traffic is the worst thing about going to the office on the regular shift or even in the night shift.
Depending on where you work and live will determine how much traffic you will need to endure.
You will need to adjust your day just to avoid the rush hour.
Waking up early while still going home really late is never a good thing. It is just unbearable at times.
To be able to squeeze a running routine while in the morning or night shift is by running before going home.
By doing this, you are using your time in a more productive way instead of waiting in line and spending the next hour or two seated or standing again.
You just need to bring your running shoes and extra clothes in the office.
Disadvantage: If your office doesn’t have a shower room, it may feel uncomfortable commuting after being drenched in sweat.
Others: Run whenever you want
Currently, I am working in flexible time. Still, in the night shift, I can come into the office anywhere from 7 PM to 11 PM.
4hrs is a lot of time!
Squeezing running time in a full packed schedule is difficult at times, especially when overtimes are inevitable.
So creating a schedule one week before is helpful. Also, don’t forget to sleep. It is essential for your health.
And as long as you value your health, a few minutes of exercise is worth it.