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Multiple studies have shown that commercial drivers are very likely to lead unhealthy lives. This is not surprising seeing as the job itself is largely sedentary. As a trucker, you need to take better care of yourself.

Yes, the road is unforgiving and you often lose track of how to stay healthy, but as with all important things, you have to make a commitment to yourself and ensuring that you stay healthy -- if not for yourself, then for your family and loved ones.

After all, there’s no point in driving all those miles if you will not going to be around for long. It is with this in mind that we have come up with some really simple things that drivers can do to stay healthy while on the road.

Eat Healthy

If there’s one thing that we all can’t get enough of, it’s healthy eating. Your body isn't meant to process junk foods and high sugary drinks. Sure, it'll do the job but the truth is your body would fare better without it.

Unfortunately, many truck stops don’t offer healthy food choices. This is why we often recommend that you carry a cooler, if you can. If you can't, simply look for healthy restaurants on the road -- thanks to the internet, this gets easier every day.

Driving those long hours can be quite boring, and like it or not, boredom means food cravings for many people. So, pack your lunch-box with fruits, vegetables and water. Whenever you get those food cravings, simply eat those fruits and veggies.

They are very low on calories and are perfect for your body. Water is also more preferable to fruit juices and soda. If you need to stay awake and alert, try taking just black coffee with stevia, honey or at the worst, brown sugar. No creamers or even low-fat milk. Avoid fatty foods and high carb meals.

If you must eat them, do so in moderation.

Exercise Every Chance You Get

Unfortunately, driving 11-12 hours a day leaves you with little or no motivation to go working out. We recommend that whenever you stop at a truck stop, try taking a brief break and exercise for 15-30 minutes. Things like foldable bikes and small running weights can help you do this without taking up a lot of space.

If you don’t have weights, don’t worry, use your body to your advantage. Pushups and squats can take the place of weights. The point is to get your blood flowing, raise your metabolism and burn some fat. Studies have shown that brisk walking for 15-30 minutes every day while watching your calorie intake will get your weight down and help you maintain it.

Learn Something New Every Day

The mind is your body’s engine, and all engines need consistent fuel and maintenance to keep them in tip-top shape. The same applies to you -- stay informed, motivated and educated.

When you’re cooped up in your cab all day, it can be difficult to have meaningful interaction with other people. So, use that time to learn something new. You could learn new languages, listen to and absorb new information, and generally keep yourself sharp. The more information you absorb, the higher your chances of living a full, healthy and prosperous life.

Keep these tips in mind and you'll not only pass your next DOT physical from, you'll be on your way to maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
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Oscar King is a freelance writer and former commercial driver who offers articles and insights into the challenges faced by truckers and the self-employed.


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