Sitting for long periods is part of a truck driver’s life. Given what we know about the dangers of sitting for prolonged periods, what can drivers do to minimize the impacts?  Here are a few ideas that may help off set the impacts of sitting for hours.

  • Take advantage of what is around your stops:  If there are trails nearby, go for a walk or run.  Try to stop at truck stops that have a gym and get a short workout in.
  • Eat healthy snacks: Try to keep healthy snacks available. Healthy snacks will keep you feeling full and energized so when you do stop you have the energy to go for a walk or run.
  • Bring some equipment with you:  Travel with a few dumbbells, kettlebells, and/or suspension cables/systems.
  • Focus on body weight exercises: Do 15 minutes of planking, push-ups, crunches, etc.  You do not need much room or equipment.
  • Do not skip a meal: Skipping a meal usually results in binging later in the day and usually on less than healthy foods.  This can drain your energy and cause you to feel sluggish and tired.
  • Log your exercise and food:  Keep a diary or log book of what you eat. Log the exercises you do during the day.  This can help you stay committed and accountable to your exercise and healthier eating routine.

Doing just 15 minutes of strength exercises each day can make a big difference.  Come up with a plan that works for you and stick with it.  Guaranteed you will feel better for it and live a longer healthier life.