When your office is the cab of a semi, it’s easy to not make your health a priority. But professional drivers can face serious health concerns like obesity, depression, sleep apnea and diabetes due to the working conditions. If you want to reduce your risk of developing those issues, or you just want to feel better while on the road, here are some things to consider:
Eat your greens
Fast food might be the most convenient option, but you probably won’t be feeling your best down the road (literally). Find ways to pack in as many nutrients from fruits and vegetables as you can. Even making small changes, like swapping out regular chips for veggie crisps or grabbing a banana rather than a gas station cinnamon roll in the morning, can help you maintain a healthy weight and feel your best.
Get your steps in
The life of a truck driver is a generally sedentary one, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in a workout between runs. At a rest area on a bathroom break, while your trailer is being unloaded, or when you’re feeling fatigued, find nice places to take a long walk or even go for a jog (you’ll probably be able to find some beautiful scenery). You may even find a 15-minute no-equipment workout video on YouTube you can do in your cab! Want to step it up a notch? Store small weights, resistance bands or other small workout equipment in your truck!
Prioritize your mental health
While staying in shape is helpful, being clear-headed and content while you work is equally important for your overall health. Trucking can be isolating. Never hesitate to speak to a professional if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression or other mental illnesses. Use technology to stay connected with your loved ones and educate yourself with podcasts and audiobooks. Get as much sleep as possible and know your limits – a burnt-out driver is a safety hazard!
Sit up straight
All of that sitting can do some lasting damage on your body, especially when you’re not sitting correctly. Your posture can also affect your breathing, digestion, mood and energy levels. So, while it’s an easy thing to overlook, it could make a huge difference in how you feel physically and mentally. Find a seat setting or posture assisting devices (like back or lumbar supports) that help keep your body in proper alignment to help you sit up straight.
It may be more convenient to skip the liquids and avoid a few pit stops, but if you’re dehydrated, you’re not at your best. Dehydration can cause fatigue, liver issues, vision issues and kidney stones. Swap out sugary sodas, energy drinks and coffees for good ol’ H2o when possible!
Now, if you want to make a healthy career move, join the NTB trucking team. Reach out to a recruiter today to discuss our CDL-A truck driver opportunities!