Truck drivers are faced with a unique challenge. With changing schedules, different routes, and extenuating circumstances such as inclement weather, it’s hard to be on a routine when it comes to eating and working out. However, in order to stay healthy on the road, it’s imperative for drivers to be aware of their habits.
To prevent injury and to work fitness into an everyday routine while on the road, drivers should make sure to stretch at every stop they make, and try doing small workout movements such as lunges and squats when they leave the truck for a short break. Exercising as much as they can whether it’s at home or in a hotel gym will help your drivers potentially prevent harmful health issues.
As for eating healthy, drivers should follow these tips:
- Keep plenty of drinking water in the truck to sip on throughout the day.
- Always eat breakfast.
- Try to bring food from home when possible, such as homemade trail mix, sandwiches, and fresh fruit.
- Eat small meals often to keep your metabolism going strong throughout the day.
- Use mobile websites and apps to look up calories and track what you eat.
Here are some other hints for your drivers to make their lifestyle healthier on the road.
- Laugh often to reduce stress and blood pressure.
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly, and get at least 2 cleanings a year to keep up your dental health.
- Take a multivitamin to make up for any vitamin deficiencies you may have.
- Remain social while on the road, since talking to others about any worries you have can reduce stress.
By not staying on top of their health, drivers could face problems such as obesity, heart disease, back problems, and many other health conditions. Lower back pain is typically caused due to lack of exercise. This is why it’s important that truck drivers to at least some type of exercise even if it’s only when they are home. While not at work, drivers can spend time walking, or swimming, which is very good for the body. It’s actually recommended that truck drivers avoid heavy exercises like weight lifting, or bench presses because it could cause injuries to the joints, making driving difficult.
At Tri-State Insurance Agency, we understand the importance of driver health, and we also understand how important the transportation industry is to our economy, and the exposures those in the various segments face on and off the road. We specialize in providing insurance programs for a variety of transportation businesses including New York public transportation Insurance (buses, limousines, paratransit) and commercial auto fleet insurance. Give our professionals a call at (888) 990-0526 for more information.