Regular exercise is essential for maintaining good health regardless of one’s age or occupation. Still, truck drivers know that exercise is especially important for them due to the stationary nature of their work. Drivers spend 8 to 10 hours behind the wheel with no exercise other than what it takes to turn the steering wheel.
C.R. England encourages truck drivers not to ignore the need for exercise. Numerous studies have shown a lack of exercise can contribute to a long list of health problems including obesity, hypertension, musculoskeletal issues, and more. Truck drivers who don’t get enough exercise are especially prone to things such as back problems and achy joints.
We have some suggestions for ways that you can exercise at the end of a long day of driving. We hope you will consider them for your own benefit:
Running and Walking
Running or walking laps around your truck can do wonders for your health. Running is obviously a bit more difficult for some people, and the impact on the feet and knees can be harmful to those who already have trouble with their joints. The good news is that brisk walking can be just as effective as running. Thirty minutes of walking or running is a great way to get in shape and burn off some of that pent-up energy.
Resistance exercises are great for burning fat, building muscle mass, and working the heart. Truckers can do a long list of resistance exercises by simply investing in what is known as a resistance band. A resistance band is nothing more than a flexible cord with handles attached at either end.
A driver can use a resistance band to work arms and legs by connecting it to various parts of the truck. For example, work the band around the seat of your truck and then stand outside and pull on either end of the band over your shoulder. It’s a great way to work the arms, shoulders and chest.
Sit-Ups and Push-Ups
A modern sleeping berth is generally big enough to accommodate sit-ups and push-ups using the bed. However, you may need something more stiff. If so, you can invest in a piece of plywood or take your sit-ups and push-ups outside in good weather.
Dips and Jumping Jacks
Any open space outside of your truck is good enough for jumping jacks. Twenty to thirty minutes of jumping jacks is great cardio exercise that will strengthen your legs, arms, back, and heart. Just be careful to do them on dry pavement. As for dips, they are exercises you can do using the rear wheels of your tractor. There are videos online demonstrating how to do them.
Truck Stop Exercise Facilities
Lastly, some higher-end truck stops offer exercise facilities to professional drivers. They generally cost something to use, but they are well worth the investment if you have the money to spend. Exercise facilities can include everything from weight rooms to running tracks. There’s even a bowling alley being planned for the new Petro truck stop being built in South Carolina. If it proves successful, Travel Centers of America (the owners of the new truck stop) may install bowling alleys at other facilities.
As a truck driver, it’s less important how you get your exercise as long as you’re exercising. Please don’t ignore your health by not exercising and eating right. It only takes a few months of inactivity and poor eating to create habits that could be detrimental for a lifetime. Instead, make an effort to get regular exercise and eat right. You’ll be healthier for it.
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