As a trucker, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy ruts – lack of exercise, lack of sleep, late meals, and inadequate hydration. Over time, unhealthy routines take their toll and may eventually cut down on a trucker’s productivity.
It’s possible to lead a healthy lifestyle—even as a trucker. Staying healthy requires planning, and New Year’s resolutions make a great excuse to start the planning. Here are a few resolutions truckers can adopt to contribute to a healthier lifestyle in 2017:
- Find time for family and friends – Driving cross-country is tough, and most of the time you just want to sleep when you get home. Plan in advance so you can divide your time smartly between resting and strengthening relationships. You can also use your time away to connect with loved ones. Find time for family bonding while you are resting during driving breaks. Use technology to call or message loved ones. There are numerous apps that allow you to talk face-to-face with family members and friends, even when you are on the road.
- Sleep – Medical professionals believe that adults must have from seven to nine hours of sleep at night. You might feel well rested even after a few hours of sleep, but the medical truth is that most bodies will not fully recover without adequate sleep. Your physical strength and your mental alertness depend on the quantity and quality of your sleep.
- Eat healthy – Eating healthy can be a challenge when you are driving. Fast food is almost inevitable. Try bringing healthy food items on your trip such as fruits and protein bars. When stopping for meals, try to order fresh items from the menu. Avoid menu items that are creamed, buttered, fried, or breaded.
- Perform short and simple exercises daily – Driving is not an excuse for not exercising. Sitting for hours can be hard on your health. Include some simple exercises when you stop for rest or meals. Park away from the building so you can walk longer distances. Get involve in activities with family and friends during your time off.
Resolve now to be healthier in the coming year. Though it may require a bit of effort, your body and soul will reap the benefits.