Staying fit is not easy for anyone, but sometimes it can feel almost impossible when you are on the road. While there is no one-size-fits-all plan for maintaining every trucker’s health, here are five tips to help maintain overall health.
1.) Exercise in the Morning
Trucking is hard work on its own. A workout is the last thing every trucker wants to do after a long day on the road. Exercising in the morning not only has immediate driver health benefits, such as increased energy, but it also helps drivers wake up and boosts their BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), helping them to burn even more calories throughout the day.
2.) Stretch While Driving
Believe it or not, fitness can be maintained while in the driver’s seat. Ankles, wrists, necks, and shoulders can and should be rotated and stretched. Sitting for too long is terrible for the body, and even simple movements can boost blood flow and help prevent hypertension.
3.) Exercise Your Mind & Eyes
Trucking involves the mind and eyes, and truck driver health depends on them too. Regularly changing visual focus points and playing simple mental games can help truckers stay alert and fit.
4.) Exercise 15 Minutes Each Day
No matter what, exercise 15 minutes every day. It does not have to happen in a gym, and you do not need a formal plan. It can be as simple as walking around a rest stop. This will help your blood flow and keep you alert.
5.) Exercise Throughout Each Day
Truckers trying to maintain their fitness do not have the luxury of taking a full hour to workout at one time. Doing some stretching or walking lunges along the length of their truck and trailer during breaks is a great way to get the most out of your rest stop.
Not only is it good exercise, but stretching muscles and increasing blood flow is key to staying alert on the road and reducing the risk of hypertension and other problems caused by sitting for extended periods of time.
How do you stay fit on the road? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below.