Long rides may offer great experiences and interesting vistas, or the loneliness might overshadow the freedom of cruising the roads. However, it is up to you to take care of your wellbeing on the road, after all this is where most of the time is spent. Whether you are just starting your career or are a seasoned trucker, the lifestyle is commonly known in the trucking community. As in any line of work there are perks and there are hardships but establishing harmony and finding what is personally most fitting for you should be your number one priority after your safety.
When it comes to the toll trucking takes on a driver’s health the list of culprits goes as follows:
· Obesity · Stress · High blood pressure · Back Pain · Neck pain · Lung cancer · Sleep issues · Extreme fatigue · Musculoskeletal injuries · Psychological issues such as loneliness and depression
As you can imagine the list goes on and on. But why be a part of the statistic? Here are the things you can do to improve your wellbeing and excel your career without it having a significant impact on your health.
The issue of obesity is widespread and nationwide, so it comes as no surprise that the trucking industry is also affected. According to research conducted by The New York Times, 86% of truckers are affected by obesity. When it comes to addressing this problem, small fundamental changes can have a dramatically positive effect. The truth of the matter is that yes, being a truck driver has a certain unhealthy habit linked to it. Long hours on the road, snacking and eating unhealthy foods and a severe lack of exercise all contribute to this statistic. However, all of these can be corrected with a little initiative.
Where to begin?
Since most of the health risks can be linked to one cause, the lifestyle, that seems to be a good place to start with making small changes which will have an enormous impact. The trucking lifestyle is certainly unique especially if you are an over the road trucker. The freedom of cruising the highways and driving through new places can become a burden on a trucker’s health. So, as your career advances, your health may deteriorate if you are not mindful of your eating and exercise habits. Prevention is key in enhancing the trucker lifestyle to its full potential.
Nutrition is vital for us all, but extremely important for the trucker. Eating right can dramatically improve your wellbeing on the road. Most of the added weight comes from snacking and the additional weight leads to a number of other illnesses. It is certainly understandable that the road and snacking go hand in hand. But by replacing the unhealthy snacks with healthier alternatives could be a small change to feel and see a dramatic effect.
Since trucking is related extended time in the cabin, this too can take a toll on your lumbar support and can also cause various issues. Stretching should be considered as important as the wheel is to a truck.
Keep your health and wellbeing in optimal state with easy stretches which can be done in minutes. Consider your blood pressure as well from sitting all day in the same position and counter these adverse effects with laying flat on your back, before bedtime with your feet rested on the cabin wall raised above your heart to promote a healthy heart and prime blood circulation.
For the real MVPs there are numerous next level workout options, done with basic equipment.
Getting rid of habits which prevent you from being the best version of yourself is hard, change is never easy. But moving towards healthier lifestyle paves the way for happier and healthier you living to your full potential with real dedication of your off-wheel time available for your family and friends. Noble and difficult, trucking has many merits and many hardships. It is up to you to organize and increase the quality of your life on the road and off the road.