Life on the road can provide a challenge for truck drivers to live a healthy lifestyle. By the time your shift is over, the last thing you want to do is go to a gym or cook yourself a nutritious meal. Driving all day can take a toll on you, which is why you should follow these tips to stay healthy while on the road:
Drink more water
Water is one of the best things you can put in your body. Water rehydrates your body and gets rid of all the bad toxins. In fact, studies show that drinking more water every day actually leads to less headaches, joint pains, and mood swings. Water is the key component to balancing your body. If you aren’t stocking up with plenty of water for your trips on the road, that is an easy fix to instantly feel more healthy every day.
Take a break
Depending on what kind of driver you are, you could be in the truck for a couple of days at a time, which means you are not moving around enough to get your heart and lungs pumping. Every few hours, find a rest stop and take a break to walk around and get some air. Walking around on your break may not seem like much, but it clears your head, wakes your body up, and can give you an extra jolt of energy to keep going!
Go easy on the caffeine
Yes, while we know most drivers love their coffee, try not to consume too much caffeine at once. While a few energy drinks or cups of coffee may seem like an easy solution to wake you up and keep you going on a long drive, it could actually hurt your health more than you realize. Not to mention, when those stimulants wear off, you will have a caffeine crash, leaving you even more tired than before.
Avoid huge portions of food
While it may be hard to maintain a good diet on the road, an easy way to instantly feel healthier is to watch your portion size. Eating a large order of fries and a few burgers may fill you up at the moment, but it can have a sluggish effect on your body later on. Just think about how tired and sick you feel after stuffing yourself at Thanksgiving.
For more tips about eating healthy on the road, check out one of our recent blog posts on healthy breakfasts for the road.