Truck drivers know: Life on the road quickly develops into lifestyle. Unfortunately, this lifestyle often means negative impacts on the driver’s own health. On average, truck drivers have more health issues and shorter life spans than men and women in other occupations.
A lack of activity, confined workspace and diesel fumes can all have significant negative health impacts. With these health hazards and others associated with a trucking career, it’s important for drivers to take preventative measures. Yes, truck drivers often hear about the health effects of their profession and doing something can seem overwhelming, but maintaining one’s personal health is very important for the trucker and his or her loved ones.
The following is a list of healthy tips that any truck driver could adopt.
A lot of health issues develop simply out of a lack of fluids, so staying hydrated is a major key to healthy living on the road. It’s important to know: When you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Make it a habit to sip water throughout the day, as opposed to just when you are thirsty. It’s not important to drink expensive bottled water, but if you like the taste of it and you think drinking bottled water will help you stay hydrated, go ahead and drink bottled water.
Experts suggest drinking about half your body weight in ounces each day. For instance, if you weigh 170 pounds you should drink 85 ounces, about 5.3 pints. That sounds like a lot of water, but it’s an amount that can be worked up to over the long term. It helps many people to always have a full container of water nearby throughout the day.
Truck driver use of stimulants used to be widespread and very common. Over time, the devastating impact of heavy stimulant use was revealed and a discouraging stigma has been attached. However, stimulants can include anything from coffee to caffeine pills. Steer clear of these substances. While they can give your mind and body a short-term boost, it is always followed by a crash.
Your body will tell you when it needs rest. Don’t attempt to bypass this natural response with stimulants.
Maintain a healthy weight
Figure out what your weight ought to be and try to stay as close as possible to that weight. Being the proper weight for your body type means paying attention to what you eat and getting regular exercise, both which can give you energy for the road. Maintaining a healthy weight will not only make you a better driver, it’ll also help you live longer.
At NSC Technologies, we help drivers connect to career opportunities and consult with them on the best ways to have a successful career. Please contact us today to find out how we can advance your truck driving career.