Trucking is a tough business. Our health and wellness is something that many of us take for granted; within the wider trucking industry our health is almost always a secondary concern.
Of course, you get to see our beautiful country. You get to see all kinds of new things and meet new people regularly. But the industry certainly has some serious drawbacks. You are sitting down all day. Most often you are by yourself. A truckie’s lifestyle can certainly wear out your mind and body. Here are some tips to help you out there on the road.
Exercise is an tough topic for truckers. Sitting behind a truck all day is mentally exhausting, even though it is not physically demanding. For those who finish their shift late at night, finding a method to exercise is even harder.
There is a growing quantity of workout routines for truck drivers available online. Whilst it may be hard to commit to a program, spending some time exercising will be beneficial.
Driving to lots of various locations, with unknown stops, with tight and pressing deadlines is a huge challenge when it comes to getting your nutrition right. When you are in this environment, you are tired, and the motivation to do the right thing, by filling your body with nutritious food is the least of your problems.
Whilst it may be a bit of a hassle, getting into a routine where you take healthy snacks with you out on the road would be ideal. Being educated on what constitutes good nutrition will let you make wiser choices when you are at various stops, giving you the best chance to choose a healthy option.
Finding something that gives you inner peace whilst on the road is important. It is just the same type of inner-peace that athletes and musicians are looking for when they are out on the road, all by themselves in their hotel rooms and whilst travelling to their events. These habits may be positive, healthy activities that wind you down after a day of work such as walking, or may be on-road activities such as listening to a preferred song playlist or set of podcasts that challenge your mind.
Life on the road can be lonely, and you can’t help but feel isolated. Whilst you may be speaking with different people every day, you are not having deeper meaningful conversations. Ensure that your phone remains charged always so that you can chat with friends and family at rest stops. Schedule in some FaceTime or Skype time. Be active and engage others on social media. These digital tools tie your back to normal life back home and give you a sense of self.