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3 Tips For Staying Healthy On The Road As A Truck Driver

When you spend most of your days and nights behind the wheel of a big rig, healthy living might seem like more of a challenge than normal. You are stuck sitting down anywhere from 10 to 14 hours a day. With all that time in such an unhealthy position, in such a stressful career, truck drivers seem hit with a double whammy of obstacles. Don’t fret! The following tips can help you manage your stress and help you keep healthy while out on the road.

1. Get Organized and Make Time For Being Healthier

One of the simplest things to do, yet first to be overlooked, is planning and organizing your day so that you work in time to be healthier. Sitting down for extended periods of time is not good for your circulatory system. You don’t need long stops, nothing more than five or ten minutes, every three to four hours. If you can work in more time to stop, stretch, and have a healthy snack. Not only will you improve your physical health, but you can also improve mental health as well. Studies have shown an undeniable link between emotional stress and physical health.

2. Stop Smoking; Consider Quitting or Use E-Cigs

Smoking is a very common habit for truck drivers and is also one of the worst to have, next to boredom snacking while on the road. Being in the confined cab is even worse as you are breathing in the secondhand smoke and doubly exposing yourself to the carcinogens. There are several smoking cessation aids available today, and even healthier alternatives if you have trouble giving up nicotine, such as e-cigs. E-cigs, or vaporizers, use nicotine solutions and produce vapors, much like a humidifier, not smoke, which has no carcinogens. While the ideal goal is to quit smoking completely, sometimes the tactile sensation can help keep you awake and focused. Having a healthier alternative is a better choice, especially since e-cigs can even come in different flavors with no nicotine at all.

3. Re-think How You Sleep

Sleep apnea is a condition where your breathing pattern is partially or completely interrupted while you sleep. Many drivers don’t have a normal sleep pattern to begin with and many develop some form of apnea over their year of being on the road. It is a good idea to see a sleep specialist and have a sleep study done. There are portable machines available that drivers can wear while they sleep to help them get better rest, which leads to improved overall health and being more alert and able to function better while driving.

At FTI, the health, safety, well-being of our owner-operator partners and truck drivers will always be a top priority.