Getting healthy is one of the top New Year’s resolutions across the board but being a truck driver presents its own unique set of health challenges – and most have to do with limited access to healthy food options and long periods sitting in a cramped cab.
If you’re looking for some ways to incorporate healthy habits in the new year, here are a few tips to help you stay healthy on the road.
Meal Planning & Prepping
Packing your own meals is an effective way to avoid unhealthy processed foods at fast-food restaurants that often dot highway exits. Meal prepping ahead of time allows you to plan out nutritious meals that meet your dietary needs without sacrificing taste or convenience. Additionally, pre-made snacks like nuts, energy bars, and fruit are great options for keeping hunger at bay during long trips.
Taking short breaks throughout the day is an excellent opportunity to get out of the truck and stretch your legs (and the rest of your body!), while longer stops provide more time to do more intense physical activity such as weight training or running. Not only will this help keep you fit, but it will also help release any pent-up stress that might be building due to long periods of sitting in one position, as well as the stress that comes with hours of focus and dealing with traffic.
Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep deprivation can be common among truckers due to tight deadlines and unpredictable schedules; however, getting adequate rest is essential for both mental and physical wellbeing. Trying to get 8 hours of sleep whenever possible (even if it’s in small chunks throughout the day) can make all the difference in staying alert and energized during tough hauls!
Staying hydrated is key for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing, so carry ample amounts of water with you during your journey. Opt for water over juices or sugary drinks that can be dehydrating in the long run.
Eat Healthy Snacks
When hunger strikes, resist the temptation to grab unhealthy snacks like chips, candy, or truck stop nachos. Instead, opt for nutritious choices such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables that provide energy and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Take Advantage of Health Care Services on The Road
Many truck stops offer basic medical services such as blood pressure checks and physical assessments – utilizing these helpful services will ensure your overall health stays in check!
While staying healthy on the road can be challenging, planning ahead and incorporating a few new strategies and habits into your routine can set you up for success. You’ll be on the road to your health and wellness goals no matter where you go!