You’re the backbone of commerce. Every day, millions of people you’ll never meet rely on you to transport and deliver goods that keep their lives, homes and jobs running smoothly.
Unfortunately, the conditions of long-haul truck driving make it very difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That’s why you and your fellow truck drivers suffer higher rates of disabling conditions including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity when compared to other U.S. workers.
Don’t become a statistic. Learn to overcome barriers to good health while taking steps to lose weight and stay active on the road.
Obesity and Long-Haul Truck Drivers: The
The lifestyle of a long-haul truck driver doesn’t guarantee leisure time and, if you have time off, you’re most likely using the opportunity to get some much-needed sleep. According to the CDC, 70% of long haul truck drivers are obese which can lead to higher rates of diabetes, sleep apnea, stroke and back or joint pain.
Staying healthy and active isn’t as easy for you due to some unique challenges, including:
Long periods of time sitting
Limited time to exercise
Limited access to fresh, healthy foods
Minimal food storage and preparation options
Infrequent access to routine medical care
Obesity and chronic illnesses associated with it can not only hurt your health, but can also hurt your wallet. If you’re unable to pass required physicals to maintain your CDL, you can quickly find yourself out of work.
8 Tips to Lose Weight and Prevent Obesity
Develop healthy habits by making small changes to your routine. Consider the following tips to prevent obesity and improve your health.
#1 Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
Snacking on healthy foods is an easy way to stay full and get vital nutrients. It’s also the best way to make better choices when you’re at a truck stop or diner since you won’t feel starved. Before hitting the road or when you stop to fuel up, choose items like fruit, nuts, low-fat string cheese, protein bars, and peeled hard boiled eggs. These foods offer protein to keep you full and energized without the additional fat of fast food. They’re also very easy to store in the cab and eat while driving.
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