Why You Must Choose Health Over Convenience
The truck driving environment, long bouts of sitting and having limited fresh food options, can take a toll on your health. Long-haul truck drivers are twice as likely to be obese as adults in other industries, and also have higher rates of smoking and chronic disease risk factors, according to a study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Picking convenience over health can be expensive. This includes actual cost of fast and/or processed foods, medical bills caused by poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle, and missed wages due to illness.
Not taking care of your body can lead to stress, which affects you both physically and mentally. Lack of proper rest, a nutritious diet, and exercise can make you more prone to responding negatively to life on the road.
Chronic Health Conditions
A diet heavy in convenience food is likely to be high in sodium, fat, and calories and can contribute to obesity. Being obese puts you at higher risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.
Common bad health habits of drivers, like constantly sitting and eating fast food, can make it harder to concentrate and do a good job. Plus, if you get worn down or sick, constant absenteeism could cost you your job.
Skimping on sleep and compensating with caffeine and sugary foods may be more convenient in the short term, but it can put you in harm’s way. There is no substitute for adequately resting your body, and without proper sleep, you’re at risk of road accidents.
Tips for Stay Healthy on the Road
Get Enough Sleep
You have a responsibility for the safety of those on the road with you. Treat sleep as an essential part of your work duties, not something that’s holding your productivity back.
Make Time to Move
It’s understandably challenging to fit time in to exercise, especially when your environment can be limiting. Try to build in small bouts of activity, such as brisk walks when you make fuel stops or quick body strength moves.
Hunt for Healthy Options
Be on the lookout for more nutritious meals that are still convenient. Stock up on snacks such as fruits, veggies, nuts, or hummus, and keep them in a portable cooler. When it’s time to eat full meals, look up restaurants’ nutrition facts ahead of time so you can make the best choices.
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