March 1, 2022
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Staying healthy on the road can be difficult. Many truck drivers rely on quick meals from fast food restaurants as well as lots of caffeinated beverages when driving. Maintaining healthy habits can help you live a longer and happier life, and with these tips you can absolutely stay mentally and physically fit while driving full time.
It’s a myth that exercise and healthy habits have to be all-or-nothing. Every extra step you walk and every french fry that you replace with a carrot stick makes a difference. You don’t need to spend an hour at a gym every day or every week to get and stay healthy. There are lots of things you can do in 5–15 minute increments when you’re at a truck stop.
Walking has a ton of proven health benefits, and it requires almost no equipment. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and a place to park your rig.
Bodyweight exercises are another great way to get and stay fit without needing to pack tons of equipment. Remember to start slowly and build up reps and sets over time. Even five reps twice a week will make a shocking difference to your overall fitness.
Driving tired is as dangerous as driving drunk. So stay safe and make sure you get enough sleep. Investing in a good eye pillow or a windshield sun shade will improve the quality of your sleep. And if you can, try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule so your body can maintain its internal clock and you can fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed.
Mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health, but it’s easy to forget to take care of that aspect of health. Driving a truck full time can be lonely, even if you only do regional work. Below are some tips to help you stay mentally healthy.
With small changes like these, you can stay mentally and physically healthy while on the road. And you don’t need a lot of equipment or time to do so. Remember to set yourself up for success and start small. Make goals that are easy to achieve, and then increase them as you get stronger and the habits get easier to maintain.
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