Staying healthy on the road is just as important as driving safely. If you want a long and successful career (and life!), eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle needs to be a priority on the road. Here are some of our best tips for leading a healthy trucking lifestyle:
Gas stations are notorious for stocking cakes, cookies, chips and other unhealthy processed foods, which makes finding a healthy snack option at a fuel stop a challenge. Instead of caving in and eating what is available, pack healthy snacks before your trip like dried fruit, granola bars, and nuts to keep you satiated.
Find Healthy Spots in Advance
On long trips, you are going to need to stop for food. But if you wait until you are hungry, you are more likely to stop at the first place you see which may or may not offer healthy options. Instead, plan ahead! Consider mapping out your route and look for truck friendly restaurants that serve healthy food along the way. By scoping out healthy spots in advance, you won’t be tempted to pull off for fast food or other unhealthy options when it is time for a meal.
Exercise Whenever You Can
It can be hard to squeeze in time to exercise on the road. But luckily, you don't need to set aside an hour to get a workout in! Studies show that even 7-10 minutes of activity can have positive health benefits, so next time you're at a fuel stop, do a few jumping jacks next to your truck or go for a quick, 10-minute jog before you start driving in the morning.
Get Enough Zzz’s
Long-haul trucking is known for long hours, with drivers often driving through the night. But skipping out on sleep is a recipe for disaster. Getting enough sleep is a must for living a healthy lifestyle; not only does it give your body the rest it needs to function properly, but getting a healthy amount of sleep also makes it easier to make better, healthier choices throughout the day (like choosing an apple instead of a bag of chips). Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Work for the Right Company
When you are working transportation jobs, it is important to work for a company that values your health. At TP Trucking, we are dedicated to supporting the health of our drivers. With senior, mid, and entry level trucking jobs, we have room for everyone who wants to drive a truck—and stay healthy at the same time.
Staying healthy on the road takes a bit of planning, but taking care of your health is the best thing you can do to support a long and healthy driving career.