Do you ever find yourself feeling tired and exhausted? Does it feel like your body is always playing catch up with your schedule? Trucking is a physically demanding profession and many people don’t realize it, sometimes even truckers! When you are on a schedule that requires you to sleep at odd hours, stay on the road for long hours, and that keeps you away from the comforts of home it can result in unhealthy habits. A few big names in the truck stop business are trying to remedy this. Pilot Flying J truck stops has teamed up with Snap Fitness to bring small gyms to participating franchises. The Rolling Strong Program is designed to provide workout centers and nutritional advice with consultation to truckers who subscribe to the program. It will be $29.95 per month to be a member and your membership will be valid at all Snap Fitness locations, not just the truck stop centers.
Regardless of if you get a membership or not, fitness is very important to personal well being. Lets look at some statistics:
- More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese (Source). This number is higher than 50% for truckers.
- Fifty percent of all truckers smoke tobacco
- 28 percent suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure)
- 25 percent had high cholesterol
- 10 percent had diabetes mellitus
- More than fifty percent of truckers do not have adequate health insurance
These are some bleak numbers but the good news is all of these conditions are treatable through making healthy life choices. It is hard to eat well and exercise, but it seems people are hearing the outcry and starting to make a change. Hopefully truck stops will start to offer more healthy food choices in addition to the fast food staples. This, in combination with workout facilities, could really start to make a dent in the obesity epidemic.
Time is always a huge issue in the trucking industry and working out can take time. You don’t want to be at a gym miles from the highway when you get a call to pickup. You also don’t want to be sitting idle waiting for work with nothing to do. It is good to ease your way into an exercise schedule so we’ve compiled a list of simple exercises you can do when you have some down time that doesn’t require any equipment:
- Jumping Jacks – simple, easy, and they work a wide range of muscles. The perfect starter to any exercise routine
- Push-ups – another staple of any routine, if you have trouble doing them you can place your knees on the ground until you build up enough strength
- Jump Rope – Ok, I know we said “no equipment” but jump rope is extremely portable and affordable. Jump rope is one of the fastest ways to get your heart rate up.
At the end of the day, your health is your own responsibility. These are simply suggestions on steps you can take to improve your quality of life and effectiveness on the road. There is no one correct way to stay fit and happy. Find what works for you.
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