Eat, sleep, drive, repeat… It’s not easy staying healthy as a truck driver.
Everyone knows it’s a demanding, stressful job. You can be away from home for long periods, it’s largely a sedentary job, the work can be monotonous, and you often rely on a combination of caffeine and junk food to find the energy for the next 100 miles.
However, there are some simple tips that can help truck drivers stay healthy, feel good and have the energy to take on whatever the job throws at them.
Here are three truck driver health tips to get you started.
1 Make sure you get enough sleep
Now, I know what you’re about to say. Getting quality, restful sleep is a challenge for lots of people. For truck drivers it can be even harder.
But the truth is, a lot of this comes down to caffeine. By all means, start your day with a coffee, but think twice about having one any time after lunch. A good coffee tastes great, but it can affect your body for up to five hours after drinking it.
It’s also worth steering clear of spicy foods, nicotine, booze and prolonged light from a TV or electronics about two to three hours before you hit the sack. These can all disturb your sleep, so are best avoided.
Finally, park in a quiet, safe spot, switch your phone to silent, and make sure you have curtains or blinds that will keep out the light (eye masks and ear plugs are also a good option). Sleep is better for truck driver health than you realise…
2 Truck drivers can eat well, you know
Ideally, you would make all your meals in advance and put them together to ensure they give you all the necessary vitamins and minerals you need to face the day. However, back in the real world…
Luckily, we live in a world where convenience is king. That means it’s getting easier to find healthier food on the go. Even petrol stations are pretty well stocked up with more nutritious food and snacks than they used to be (as long as you can see past the crisps and chocolate, that is!)
Instead, make a bee-line for bags of salad, fruit, pre-cooked chicken, protein bars, popcorn and nuts. Admittedly, you’re not going to dine like a king this way, but you should be able to find enough healthy fare to see you through to your next stop.
3 Exercise tips for truck drivers
It’s not easy finding time for exercise when you drive a truck, but there are ways you can sneak it into your routine.
The first thing to say is that you don’t have to exercise for long to feel the benefits. Just 15 mins a day will do it – especially if you make each workout as vigorous as possible.
A foldable bike, weights or a pedometer are all handy extras to have in your cab. But even if you don’t have any equipment, three mins each of push-ups, planks, sit-ups, squats and stretches each day is going to make a difference.
Right now, it’s essential that truck drivers are on the road delivering goods. Truck drivers’ health is crucial. So why not take your first steps to a healthier trucking lifestyle?