wikiHow to Stay Healthy as a Trucker

The life of a truck driver is fun for many who pursue the open road; however, it is easy to be unhealthy in this profession. Driving a truck all day, sleeping in a cab, and eating at truck stops can lead a trucker down an unhealthy path. However, there are ways to stay healthy as a trucker if that is your goal. Doing so means changing any bad habits and being disciplined about it.


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    Identify that you need to become healthier as a trucker if you are not already. As with most bad habits, a person has to admit that there is a problem and want to change it. Once this mindset has been established it will be easier to follow a plan of action that gets you healthy.
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    Plan your day and include times to stop for food, snack, and exercise. If you make a schedule, you will be less likely to eat too much and more likely to get a workout in.
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    Eat healthier food. You may have to change the places where you eat if your current stops offer only unhealthy options. If you are not prepared to eat in new locations, then review the menu that is offered and learn which items are healthier. Additionally, you need to be more aware of your portions and learn how much food is healthy for you.
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    Carry healthy snacks in your truck. Snacking is actually a good thing. Just make sure you are snacking on a schedule and not randomly, you are eating healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, or protein bars, and you cut down on your portions for lunch and dinner. Purchase your snacks from a grocery store and farm stand for fresh product.
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    Always have water available in your truck if you want to be a health conscious trucker, and drink it often. Staying hydrated is very important, and water is the best way to hydrate and clean out your body.
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    Quit smoking, if you haven't already. Obviously smoking is not a healthy habit, and as a truck driver, it is easy to pick up smoking as a type of past time, or even a way of keeping busy while sitting stagnant all day long. Many truckers lose track of how many cigarettes they actually smoke. This will be the most difficult part of your goal to get healthier, but you will have to stop smoking if you are serious about this endeavor.
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    Make time to exercise every day. When you schedule your route for the day, fit in time for a 45 minute walk. Walking is a great way to exercise your body, get fresh air, relax your mind, get your heart rate up, and your blood pumping. Exercise is a necessary addition in a goal to become a healthier trucker.
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    Remember to wash your hands before eating so you reduce the risk of getting sick. Your immune system is not that strong if you lack a good diet, don't exercise, and don't sleep. So wash up as you change your ways, and continue to stay clean to avoid getting sick germs from fellow truckers who are not interested in getting healthy like you are.
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    Get plenty of rest to rejuvenate your mind and body. Rest is also important in building a healthy immune system, so schedule yourself enough rest so you are refreshed and raring to go by morning.
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    Include a vitamin regimen in your daily routine. Vitamins will fill in the nutrient gaps and ensure that you are getting what you are missing in your current diet.


  • Recognize that your profession as a trucker does have its obstacles when it comes to choosing a healthier living, but don't allow that to become an excuse for you. If you want to become a healthy truck driver, know that even though your job will make it more challenging, becoming healthier can still be achieved, and actually be fun.

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