Health Tips Every Trucker Should Follow

When you live your life on the road, it can be very easy to fall into an unhealthy lifestyle. This is the case when it comes to most truck drivers. Being on the road for weeks at a time can take a toll on one’s health. The lack of exercise, sleep and access to a balanced diet are all common health hazards for truckers.

Taking care of your health is not only important for your well being. It is also important for a successful career in the trucking industry.

Here are some tips every trucker should take into consideration while traveling on the road.

Eat Healthy

Although it may be more convenient to eat fast food or grab something quick at a gas station. Try stopping at a grocery store and picking up some fresh fruits and veggies. Some other healthy options are protein bars, dried fruits, nuts, and make sure to drink plenty of water. If your truck has an Auxiliary Power Unit or power inverter look into getting a portable stove, crock pot, or microwave. This will make eating healthy much easier and it also helps save money!

Be sure to be aware of your company’s policies for cooking in your truck

Exercise

Finding the time to exercise can be quite a challenge when you spend 10 or more hours a day driving. Finding a little time to exercise each day can improve your physical and mental health.

Walking/Running- Pack some running shoes and take a 30 min walk or jog each day. It is an inexpensive option for exercising.

Workout in your cabin- Setting up a workout routine to do in your cabin is a convenient way to keep yourself healthy. You don’t even need workout equipment. Find time to implement these workouts in your daily routine.

Pushups

Planks

Situps

Tricep Dips

Stretching- Stretching can help avoid back pain. It is important for truckers to make stretching a part of their daily workout routine.

Back Bends

Front Bends

Side Bends

Neck Stretch

Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for good health. Driving can become dangerous if you are not getting the appropriate amount of sleep. Studies say that most healthy adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Follow these steps to a happier and healthier sleep lifestyle.

Stick to a sleep schedule.

Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine close to bedtime.

Turn off all electronics before bed.

Mind

Taking care of your mental health should be as important as your physical health. Truck driving can be boring. Keep your mind alert and fresh by listening to music while driving. Listen to your favorite artists and even branch out and discover new music. If you’re tired of music, try listening to a podcast. There are tons of educational, humorous, and entertaining podcasts out there. Another option is Audiobooks. Audible is an Amazon subscription that gives you access to over 400,000 audiobooks for $14.95 a month.

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