Staying on top of your health and keeping fit in our busy day-to-day lives can be a challenge for anyone, but especially for truck drivers as they spend so much time on the road and most of their day is spent sitting. Whether a long-haul truck driver or doing deliveries around the island daily, truck drivers travel long distances every day but most of the time is spent sitting. This can lead to obesity, which predisposes them to other conditions like hypertension and diabetes.

Here are a few tips that we have outlined for truck drivers to prioritise to stay healthy:

1. 15 minutes daily

Work out every day for at least 15 minutes. Whether it be with or without weights, it is essential to carry out any form of exercise for at least 15 minutes a day. While it can be a challenge to find time to fit this in your busy schedule, make this a priority. It can be a simple exercise such as taking a walk or jogging, even during your breaks.

2. Make healthier food choices

While fast food is typically the cheapest and most convenient option, they’re also some of the unhealthiest. Making wiser food and drink choices controls weight gain and blood sugar levels, boosts the immune system and improves sleep. Stock up on snacks that are high in protein, low in sugar and contain fibre such as:

  • Fruits and veggies
  • Yogurt
  • Granola bars
  • Nuts (almonds or walnuts are best)

When eating out is the only option, try to order the healthiest choice on the menu. And no matter what you decide to have, try to eat smaller portions, and quit when you’re full. It is also important that you don’t skip meals. It might be convenient to do so when you are busy driving from one end of the island to the other, but it can have a negative impact on your health and lifestyle.

3. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is extremely important as a truck driver. Side effects of dehydration such as dizziness and fatigue can cause you to lose focus while driving on the road. Invest in a big, leak-proof bottle that can hold about 2 litres of water, so you have enough for the day. Avoid consumption of sugary drinks as it causes dehydration and will make you feel tired after a while. It also leads to health problems such as diabetes in the long term.

4. Get enough sleep

Many of us don’t pay enough attention to sleep, but when you’re constantly on the go and handling a vehicle for a prolonged period, you need to be well rested. When possible, try to sleep at the same time every day and avoid watching TV or looking at devices before bed as these lights can make it harder for you to fall asleep.

If you’re a business owner with a fleet, share this with your drivers to remind them to prioritise their health! If you’re looking to expand your fleet, or start a business and need a commercial vehicle, contact Pan Pac. We offer short-term and long-term commercial vehicle leasing for all types of businesses. Request a free quote today!