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Shift Work: Where Does Fitness Fit In?

By Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Finding the time to exercise is tough for most of us, but often even harder if you're a shift worker. So what are the options for keeping healthy when working long shifts?

Shift work and health

Shift work can have a major effect on your health. Most health problems stem from the fact that shifts disrupt the normal life cycle of being awake and active during the day and less active and sleeping at night. For information on the health effects of working regular and rotating shifts, see Shift Work Shuffle in the Related Articles reading list on this page.

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