The truck driving life can be fun for those who have a passion to pursue the open road. That being said, it’s easy to pick up some unhealthy habits in this profession. Driving all day and sleeping in the truck, along with eating only at truck stops can mean that your health can suffer if you aren’t careful.
However, there are a few ways that truckers can remain healthy even while they are on the road. Doing this means that you need to change any habits that aren’t healthy and be extremely disciplined.
Realize There is a Problem
Realize that if you aren’t healthy, you will need to do something about it. As is the case with many bad habits, you need to admit that you have a problem and you also need to have the desire to change it. For example, if you are making it through the day only because of the opioids you are taking, you might want to get opioid treatment before your next trip out. This isn’t just for your safety, but for the safety of everyone you share the road with. If you smoke, quit. Once you have established this mindset, it will be much easier for you to stick to a plan of action allowing you to first achieve and then maintain good health.
Plan Your Day
Make sure that when you’re planning your day, you’re including things like time to stop for rest, exercise, snacks, and food. When you make and stick to a schedule, you won’t be as likely to overeat, and will be more likely to stick to a plan for exercise. This is what needs to happen for healthy living on the road.
Have Healthy Snacks
Believe it or not, snacking can be good for you. Just be sure what you’re snacking on is healthy and that you snack on a schedule. Your snacks should include things like protein bars, nuts, and fruits. Get your snacks from a farm stand or a grocery store as opposed to convenience stores or drive-thrus.
Have Water on Hand
You should always keep a supply of water in the truck and make sure to drink the recommended amount every single day. Making sure that you remain hydrated is critical and the best way to stay hydrated is by drinking water.
Rest is Key
Make sure that you get plenty of rest so that both your body and your mind will be rejuvenated. Rest is also a critical component when it comes to building an immune system that is healthy. Make sure that you schedule enough time for you to rest so that you will be refreshed and ready to start driving towards your destination.
Vitamins should also be part of your daily routine. These will assist in filling any of the potential gaps in your diet.
It might seem as if you are rushed and don’t have time for these things if you are to remain on schedule. The thing is, your work schedule won’t mean much if you aren’t healthy enough to drive.