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Healthy Living Tips for Commercial Truck Drivers
Posted on 08/19/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
Commercial truck drivers face greater health risks than average Americans. Why? Irregular schedules and long hours on the road can lead to lack of sleep, increased stress and poor nutrition and diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average life expectancy for a commercial truck driver is 61 years old, with high blood pressure being one of the primary health issues.
When you take into consideration the responsibilities and duties of a truck driver, it’s easy to understand why maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult. What many motor carriers are realizing is that their drivers are their most important asset. While it may be difficult for truck drivers to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s definitely not impossible.
So, if you have a friend, family member or coworker who’s a truck driver, pass on some of these healthy living tips:
Eat healthy. If you have access to an in-truck refrigerator, fill it up with healthy snacks and foods. If you have to eat out, look for healthy options. Many restaurants have nutrition guides to help you choose healthy alternatives.
Exercise. Exercising on the road can be challenging, but it’s definitely possible. Walk or jog around rest areas. Carry resistance bands with you or use water bottles as weights for conditioning activities. You can also use your smartphone or tablet to find many excercise resources. There's an app for everything, right?
- Learn to relax. If you just set aside 10-20 minutes each day for relaxation practice, you can reduce stress levels, anxiety and muscle tension. Better managing stress can also help to improve your energy levels and focus.
Visit http://www.drivinghealthy.org/ for health and wellness information for commercial truck drivers.