Like many careers that exist today, as a truck driver, you’ll spend a great deal of your time sitting. This is an unavoidable factor of the job, and as many studies have shown, can lead to health complications. Don’t let this dissuade you from the job, though. As we mentioned, sitting is required in a number of different careers! And not all of them get to be as adventurous as that of a professional truck driver.
Below are some of the things you can do to lead a healthier lifestyle as a truck driver.
When you have time at a truck stop, be sure you’re not spending the entirety of your break sitting down. These breaks are the perfect time for you to stand and walk around in order to work more physical activity into your day.
In addition to this, make regular exercising a priority during your longer periods of rest. It’s important to take care of yourself on the days you have off. Since you’re sitting so much during the week, make sure you’re not doing the same when it’s not required.
While a healthy diet can be difficult to maintain on the road, it’s not impossible. Eating healthy meals on a regular basis is important — don’t fall victim to the less nutritious options that present themselves at truck stops and elsewhere. Make some of the following choices while on the road in order to stay on track with a healthy eating initiative:
-Choose water over sugary drinks.
-Practice portion control — have a heavier meal in the morning.
-Cook your own meals with a portable stove and/or crockpot.
-Plan in advance to make healthy choices throughout the week.
Maintaining proper relationships with loved ones, especially when you’re away on the job, is extremely beneficial for anyone’s mental health. Schedule times to call or Facetime with those back home. And don’t forget to factor in time changes if you’re on a long-distance trip.