In the world of OTR trucking, personal health has a bad tendency to take the back seat. Life out on the road can be full of challenges. One of the biggest may just be finding the time and resources to maintain your health. With fast food value meals and truck stop junk food everywhere you go, healthy options can be hard to find and are easy to overlook. Plus, after a long day of driving who has the energy left to exercise?
Despite these challenges, your health really should be a top priority. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, being overweight can lead to many life-threatening health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, sleep apnea, and even cancer. These types of health problems are not only a hazard for you but, as a commercial driver, could risk the safety of those you share the highway with. Driving professionally requires a constant focus that can be a huge energy drain. Add in poor sleep due to sleep apnea and the issues just compound.
That is why we believe it is so important to take the time to talk about health and wellness.
Each month we will dedicate one of our posts to offering tips to help you get and stay healthy out on the road. Our hope is to get you the information and resources you need to bring your health back to the front seat in 2016 and beyond.
This month we’d like to introduce you to a great online resource called DrivingHealthy.org
This is an amazing website packed full of information and resources specifically for commercial motor vehicle drivers. If you’re ready to jump on board and start getting healthy today, then this is the perfect place to start. Drivinghealthy.org has a slew of great information from eating healthy on the road to developing your own exercise routine. One great example of the tools available is their fast food nutrition guide. This guide connects you to nutrition information for foods at many popular fast food restaurants. Now you can make a plan and get the most healthy bang for your buck.