Being a truck driver can be a challenging but rewarding job. Taking care of your health while you’re out on the road can help you deal with these challenges. Whether you are an independent driver or work for an owner-operator company, here are some tips on staying healthy.
Healthy Food Choices
Making healthy food choices does not mean you’ll never eat pie or soda again. You have to look at your diet as a whole, and ensure you’re getting the nutrients from food that you need to stay healthy. Drinking water, increasing the fiber in your diet, and eliminating food that is high in sugar are all great ways to eat healthy on the road.
Eating healthy and sleeping well can help you manage stress. In addition, having a positive attitude goes a long way in handling your stress too. You can start by taking your day moment by moment, as well as setting a few minutes to appreciate everything you have in life.
Exercise will help you manage stress, too. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy exercise session, so walk around when you have a break. Doing some deep breathing from time to time will oxygenate the blood and help you calm down.
Get Enough Rest
Sleep is more important than most people think. When you’re out on the road, it’s not only important to your safety, but the safety of other drivers as well. It affects your health as well. Chronic sleep loss can heighten your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.