Truck driving typically involves long days of sitting in one spot which can be hard on a person’s body but it is something that naturally comes with the job. Along with not moving too much, getting irregular sleep and meals can lead to poor physical and mental health. Although there is no way to avoid sitting in the driver’s seat for extended periods of time, there are steps that you can take to help alleviate the negative effects that driving can have on your body and mind while you are on the road.
It is a myth that you need a full gym to be able to make a difference in your physical health routine. Research shows that 15 minutes of intentional movement can help to decrease the risk of heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and impact your mental health in a positive way. It does take a lot of commitment and dedication but it does not take a lot of time or equipment. In fact, there are many different types of exercises that can be done on the road with little to no equipment. It is important to note that you should check with your physician before starting any new exercise routine.
One of the simplest things you can do to move your body is go for a walk or jog. It takes no equipment and often can be done right where you park. Truck stops often have huge parking lots that would take at least 15 minutes to walk around. The added benefit would be that you would most likely be able to see your truck the whole time if there are any safety concerns.
Some other simple ideas for movement that can be done right outside your truck would be; jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, crunches, planks and lunges. All of these can be done with no equipment and if they are done as a part of consistent reps can have a large impact on your overall health.
The weather may not always allow for movement outside but even in your cab there are workouts that can be performed that will impact your physical and mental health. As an example, with a resistant band bicep curls and overhead stretches can be performed. Depending on the style of cab that you have, jumping jacks or jogging in place can also be performed in the cab. A small set of dumbbells can also come in handy to help you achieve your physical health goals.
It is always important to stretch before and after a workout. This can not only improve your physical health it can also help with sore muscles caused from sitting in one position for so long during the day. There are many resources online that you may find that work for you on the road, below we have linked a few to help you get started.