Tips for Truck Drivers to Stay Healthy on the Road
Updated: Mar 16, 2020
Having a career in truck driving can be challenging for several reasons. One challenge that truck drivers face is staying healthy while they are constantly on over-the-road jobs. Sitting down for long periods of time combined with bad eating habits can all take a toll on a driver's health.
The following tips and tricks for a truck drivers's health are easy to implement and follow. Set yourself a goal, read the tips, and keep on truckin'. The most important thing to remember is that this isn't a temporary fix, it's a lifestyle change. Take it slow, learn what works for you, and form permanent, healthier habits.
Water, water & more water
Water will be your new best friend. You should constantly be drinking water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. So many health issues stem from your body not being hydrated, so start your health kick with drinking more water. Always have water with you through your day to constantly sip on. Keep packs in your cab for easy access. Switch out the soda for water. You'll see the affects this simple change will have on your body.
Change up your diet
Stop your fast food and junk intake and start consuming more fresh foods. Bring food with you to make while you're on the road. A great way to cook while you're driving is with a slow cooker. There are so many recipes that will make you feel better overall and be enough to last a few days. Snacking is also extremely important. Swap out the chips and sweets for granola bars and fruits like apples. Fresh vegetables, crackers, with some peanut butter/almond butter is also a good snack variation.
Get enough sleep
Driving without getting enough sleep is dangerous for yourself and those around you. Lack of sleep will also play a toll on your health in the long run. Try to get a good night sleep of roughly 8 hours each night. It is extremely important to get the recommended amount of rest each day to regenerate your body and keep your mind in tip top condition for your best reaction time and energy.
Considering you are sitting down for most of your day, it is extremely important to get up and move around whenever you can. Getting a full workout in will be challenging, but even just walking a few laps whenever you stop at a truck stop or doing a 10-minute circuit is a good start.
Whenever you get a chance throughout your day, relax and de-stress yourself. Read a book, go for a walk, watch a show or listen to a podcast. Let you mind relax so you'll feel better for your next haul and can take on every day as it comes. As well as your physical health, you need to find ways to also benefit your mental health.
Being a truck driver will have a toll on you. It is SO important to take care of yourself mentally and physically to stay healthy. Set your goals, be willing to change, and go at your own pace. It's not a temporary change, it's a new lifestyle - embrace it.