Everyone knows, when you have a job that involves a lot of sitting, it is nearly impossible to remain as healthy or as physically fit as you would like. Truck drivers can have an especially difficult time staying healthy on the job. For all our drivers in the Indianapolis, IN area and throughout the Midwest, Bay & Bay Transportation has a few tips to help keep you healthy on the road!
First, make sure to schedule a little bit of exercise each day. Yes, as a driver, you are on a tight time schedule, and miles are money. But sitting for more than 6-8 hours a day is a health risk, and even just 15-30 minutes of walking at a moderate pace is enough to get your heart rate going. An added benefit of aerobic exercise is alertness, and also better sleep. Both excellent benefits for those with a lifestyle on the road!
Eating properly is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but one that is difficult to achieve when you’re on the road. Choosing the healthier options when dining out is not always easy. Choose grilled chicken or fish instead of a burger, or ask to substitute grilled chicken for fried. Choose a salad instead of French fries. Just make sure to go easy on the dressing, as it can often be as many calories and have as much fat as the fries! Try tea or coffee or even water instead of sugary sodas, to avoid all of the extra calories from drinks, and also to keep your blood sugar down. Packing healthier snack options to take with you is also helpful. Fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, nuts or even protein bars are a better option than a drive-thru or diner when you need a snack.
Getting enough sleep is another important step in living a healthy lifestyle, but is also a difficult thing for those with changing schedules and strange hours. According to the national sleep foundation, adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Plan your trips, and make sure to schedule sleep times. Not only is better sleep better for your overall health, but it is also important for safety on the road. If you think that sleep apnea is possibly an issue, schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.
Bay & Bay Transportation looks out for you and your health. We care about our drivers in Indianapolis, IN and across the Midwest and want you to be in the best health possible! Call us today!