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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 ways to stay Healthy on the road truck driving

5 Ways to Stay Healthy on the Road

So you’re off to work again doing your 10 consecutive driving hours.  There is no way you can sit down to enjoy a nutritious meal or to get your daily workout in.  However, you know the importance of staying healthy so that you can continue to work and to maintain proper nutrition for your body to continue those long hours on the road. Learning simple practices you can do and use can help you maintain long term health.

  1.      Install a refrigerator inside your truck or have the owner of the truck do so.  A simple refrigerator that you can purchase for almost $100 can go a long way in providing the nutrients you need. Pack your refrigerator with vegetables and fruits that are prewashed and ready to eat.  Eating organic veggies and fruits is important but if you feel you do not want to pay the extra price just wash as thoroughly as possible.  It is best to purchase foods that are easy to eat such as baby carrots, celery stalks, peaches, apples, and bananas.  You can also include nuts such as pecans and almonds and avocados you can add to a regular sandwich. Keep in mind the importance of eating well and pack your fridge with foods you cannot buy at a regular truck stop.
  2.   Drink lots of Water.  There is no easier way to keep your health than by drinking H2O.  Your body uses water to stay hydrated and to cleanse naturally.  Being that our body is composed of about 60% water, we use water for circulation (essential when sitting for long hours when on the road), digestion, and maintaining our body temperature accurate.  Water also maintains our body energized by balancing our electrolytes and fluids to provide our muscles energy.  There is nothing more that we need than ENERGY
  3.   Stretch. Stretching is just as important as your workout.  And even if you don’t workout, the importance of stretching when on the road is fundamental.  When you stretch, you increase blood flow in your whole body.  Muscles need to have good circulation especially if you are sitting during such long hours.  Being that you are in the same posture for so long, you continuously fatigue muscles such as your lower back, neck, hip, pelvis and neck causing them to stay tight.  The tightness causes decrease in circulation, flexibility, aches and pains. Stretching in reduces muscles tension, increases circulation of blood, and the range of motion.  This in turn increases energy levels and decreases your chance of injury.  Stretching regularly will keep your muscles healthy and will better your posture to support good driving.
  4.   Nap.  If you feel tired you need rest. The best way to rest is to take a short nap. It is important to combat drowsy driving and fatigue ALWAYS.  Find yourself a safe place where truckers park and just take a 20 minute nap.  Napping will improve your alertness, extend your alertness and enhance your overall performance.  A nap will also prevent you from feeling fatigued and thus prevent accidents. 
  5.   Relax. It is of high importance to be in the best mental health when driving.  Driving can cause tension and anxiety so maintaining a relaxed state of mind will make your driving experience successful.  However, relaxing while driving can be difficult so make sure to always stay calm by knowing exactly where you are headed and how you will get there.  By first knowing this, you will be sure that you are on the right route and will know what to look out for. Once you know your route, make sure to turn on your favorite jams or an interesting audio book and just enjoy. Try to find a good radio station you like and know the schedule of your favorite programs. Make sure to know the road well and always pay attention to your surroundings.  By being calm and ready, you will find a way to relax and just enjoy the road.