It is no secret that being a long haul truck driver is hard on your body. The fact that the job requires you to sit, strapped to your seat for hours on end is just the beginning. Add in the stresses and pressures of meeting deadlines and the fact that the most abundant and affordable foods available on the go tend to be the least healthy options it's easy to see how drivers are highly susceptible to obesity and other heath issues.
There have been various articles written about road rage. Some articles give results of surveys. Some of them will give suggestions on how to keep someone else, or yourself, from getting enraged. What I would like to talk about is why we have road rage.
It is not unusual to hear about the importance a “balanced diet.” What exactly does that phrase mean? A wellness company known as HealthCheck360 put together a simple lineup to help understand just what a healthy diet consists of:
It is important to balance exercise with a healthy diet. Exercise is important, but it cannot be your only means of losing weight. To illustrate, going for a 3 mile run might burn somewhere in the range of 400-600 extra calories. Those 400+ calories are completely erased if you swing by McDonald’s for a McDouble sandwich and a small fry. An hour of exercise is easily offset by 5 minutes of irresponsible eating!
As a professional truck driver, you spend most of your day sitting in a stationary position. After long continuous periods of driving, blood flow slows down and muscles tend to stiffen up. You feel anything but limber and ready for physical activity when you finally stop and get out of the truck. However, once you do stop, you are often required to perform some sort of physical task – from cranking the trailer dollies, to pulling the fifth wheel pin, to assisting with freight unloading, to climbing out of or into your truck.