Long haul truck drivers clock in around 100,000 miles annually. With this much time spent on the road, it can be difficult for drivers to exercise. Exercise is essential to a driver’s overall physical and mental health. Truck drivers have to get creative to stay fit while on the road. Finding the time to exercise is also a challenge for truck drivers. Drivers spend up to 11 hours a day on the road. After working all day, exercising may seem like the last thing you want to do. Check out our 3 ways to stay active on the road as a truck driver.
Truck drivers are well aware of the limited space in their semi cab. Luckily, there are plenty of types of exercise equipment small enough to travel with you. Bringing a few different types of equipment allows drivers to set up their own personal gym on the go. There are even a few exercises that you can do in your cab.
- Jump Rope
- Resistance Band
- Core Sliders
- Running Shoes
If space is limited in your cab, here are some exercises you can do without equipment.
- Push ups
- Sit ups
Download a Fitness App
Working out can be overwhelming. There are many different types of exercises and it is difficult to determine which are best for you. Downloading a fitness app can help you put together a workout plan. Having a daily workout plan also helps keep you motivated. Smartphone apps have the ability to set daily reminders, that way you do not forget to get your daily exercise in.
There are plenty of free exercise apps in the app store and google play store. Here are a few we recommend.
- My Fitness Pal (iOS and Android)
- Nike Training Club (iOS and Android)
- Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer (iOS and Android)
- 7 Minute Workout (iOS and Android)
Make a Schedule
Creating a workout schedule is a good way to hold yourself accountable and keep you motivated. Having a schedule as a truck driver might seem impossible, but it is a good way to keep yourself on track and healthy.
Set aside 30 minutes each day to work out. It can be in the morning before you start your shift or after your shift. Experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight, maintain weight loss or reach a specific fitness goal, you may need to exercise more.
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Check out our blog A Trucker’s Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle on the Road.