With the start of a new year comes the goal to lose weight, eat better, and to increase overall health. As an over the road driver, this promise may not always be easy since the hectic schedule can lead to days away from home, quick meals at the next stop, and long hours sedentary behind the wheel. Many drivers also rely on large amounts of caffeine and junk food to pass time and to get a boost of energy.
At JS Helwig & Son, we care about our drivers’ health. This is why we offer a full kitchen at the terminal, as well as a gym with cardio and weight equipment, for when drivers come off the road. While on the road in 2019, we encourage all drivers to follow these simple truck driver health tips.
Truck Driver Health Tips
Staying healthy and fit is very important for every person, no matter age or profession. The following truck driver health tips are practical and easy to implement on a day-to-day basis. Take a moment to read each tip and figure out the best way to make it part of daily life and a new health goal.
- Drink plenty of water: Many health issues can be avoided by drinking adequate amounts of water. Always keep a reusable bottle or two in the truck so they can constantly be refilled.
- Eat healthy meals and snacks: Many grocery stores offer parking areas for tractor-trailers so take the time to stock up on fresh produce and clean meals. Purchase pre-washed and cut fruit and veggies for snacks, pre-washed salad kits for meals, clean protein sources, portion-controlled nuts, and portion-controlled snack packs.
- Exercise as much as possible: Regular exercise is not always easy as an OTR driver, especially when they may run many hours straight with no long breaks. But there are simple options that do not take up much space such as running shoes, small hand weights, and folding bicycles.
- Sleep and take naps: Ample sleep is essential to good health. Without a good night’s sleep, the body and mind become sluggish and slower to respond. We encourage all drivers to invest in a good mattress that fits how they sleep. A portable fan or heater can also help a restless driver fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
- Find ways to relieve stress: A healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. Drivers should find ways to relax such as reading, writing, exercising, or talking with family. Even just 5-10-minute breaks doing an enjoyable activity can benefit a person’s mental health.
- Avoid stimulants: We all love a cup of coffee each morning but consuming large amounts of caffeine all day, every day can dehydrate the body and make drivers lose sleep.
With these simple truck driver health tips, JS Helwig & Son hopes drivers can kick off the new year on a healthy and happy start.