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How To Stay Healthy As A Truck Driver

Apr 30, 2008
With the kind of job and routine that truck drivers have, staying in shape and healthy is quite difficult to do. It would require planning and determination to stay in shape. It would also take reshaping of bad habits and changing them into good ones. It can be hard in the beginning but things will be worth it when you feel better because you feel healthier.

There are actually three things drivers would need to have in order to stay healthy. One is enough rest and enough sleep. Then he must have enough food so that his body will have enough nutrients to keep his body a well oiled machine. But then he would also need to have enough exercise to burn those extra calories he eats. This is very important. Being on their seats almost the whole day, drivers would seldom get to exercise.

Drivers just have to find every way and every chance he can to exercise. Even if he does it in a short time it will still count at the end of the day. He can start with engaging in short or longer walks during his break time. He can park farther than he usually does when he goes to eat or shower. This way he would have to walk all the way to the eating and shower area. This alone would give him exercise already. Then if he still has time, he should to walk around a bit more. Instead of getting lazy and staying inside the truck on this break, he should get out of the truck and stretch instead. Depending on delivery policies, he may also take the chance to walk around some more. On day offs, he may also schedule some time for the gym.

In many instances, truck drivers would jump down from the truck. With your body stiff from the long drive, you are more susceptible to knee and back injuries. It would therefore be advisable to do it slowly and that you wear good quality shoes or boots so that you will have more support from the impact of jumping.

Exercise alone is not enough to keep you healthy. You need to have enough rest and enough sleep. You should not overwork yourself. There's a law against this now anyway. Not only will you be taking care of your body but you will also be complying with this law. With enough sleep, your body will be refreshed and you would have a clearer mind and better reflexes. Just remember to have a comfortable mattress and pillow to make you sleep better.

Your diet is also very important to keep yourself healthy. This can be difficult to do since you would always be on the road. A lot of time drivers would be eating outside and they would end up eating greasy and unhealthy food. What you can do is to keep a small refrigerator inside your truck so you can store healthy food and snacks. If you have to stop to eat choose the restaurant that offers fresh and nutritious salad bars. Never starve yourself on a trip. This will lessen your body energy. This is will not only weaken your body but it can also keep your senses weak as well making you prone to accidents.

Keeping your body in tiptop shape is very important to be able to do your job well. If you want to keep your job you should keep yourself healthy always.
About the Author
Matthew Storie is an author for www.urban-neon-car-lights.com. He provides more information on Audi tail lamps, truck and semi truck accessories, and Acura tail lights on this website.
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