Studies show that sitting for 8 or more hours a day can drastically increase your risk for obesity, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, poor circulation, and more. As a truck driver there is no way around sitting for extended periods of time but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a proactive approach to your health. These wellness tips for truck drivers will help.
What You Eat
Fast food is easy to come by on the road and sometimes it’s your only option, but no matter where you are—you can find a healthier alternative. Aim for at least 90% of the food you eat to be nutrient-rich and unprocessed, keeping fried, greasy, and processed foods to a minimum. Make sure you get in at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Stock up on healthy snack options like nuts to avoid the temptation of gas station snacks. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and herbal tea, keeping caffeinated beverages, soda and sports drinks to a minimum.
Keeping Your Body Fit
You are sure to be well-versed in driving ergonomics but that’s not enough to keep your body fit. Take a minute or two to stretch at each rest stop, and if there’s time, take a 10 minute walk. While gyms may be hard to come by, you can download a fitness app or pop on YouTube to find an endless variety of equipment-free workouts to do in your hotel room. Aim for at least 30 minutes in the morning, and a 15 minute stretch session at the end of the day.
Rest & Relaxation
Sleeping in your cab or in a different bed every night can be uncomfortable so consider CBD to soothe your tired and stiff muscles and help you relax in your unfamiliar environment. Your evening stretches will help you unwind and maybe a nice warm shower. If you are a light sleeper travel with ear plugs. If you often wake up with a sore neck bring your own pillow with you. The goal is to get 8 solid hours of sleep per night.
Last but not least, to minimize boredom listen to podcasts, news, and books on tape while you drive. While on break or when done for the day call, text and video chat with your loved ones to remain connected and engaged while you’re out of town. This socialization and mental stimulation play a vital role in maintaining your health and wellness!