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The Importance of Physical Exercise for Truckers

Maintaining your physical health is one of the most important things you can do to enhance and prolong the quality of your life; but in our culture, it is often necessary to be assertive in your approach to health. This is especially true for the many Americans who spend hours upon hours sitting at their jobs.

The World Health Organization states, "Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety." This list should be enough to motivate us to participate in regular cardio/aerobic activities, but learning how to incorporate them into our busy lives requires a degree of intentional discipline. 

For Truckers, it may seem that the opportunity to fit effective exercise into daily schedules is hard to come by, but there are ways to make it happen. 

Rest Stop Workouts

If you can make time for it every day (or at least 4 times a week), take advantage of the park-like atmosphere of the average rest stop for a 15-30 minute workout. Find a short routine that works for you, and be sure to focus on deep breathing to supply your body with lots of oxygen as you increase your heart rate and engage your muscles. If you're not able to do high impact exercise such as jogging or using a jump rope, there are effective sessions designed to put less stress on joints; and the good news is, most cardio workouts don't require additional equipment.

Exercise While Driving

You don't have to wait for the rest stops in order to exercise; TRX Suspension Trainers were first designed in 1997 by a Navy Seal Squadron Commander named Randy Hetrick, and he began to market them in 2004. They were an immediate success among athletes of all kinds; but they also became popular among truck drivers due to the fact that they are ideal for very small spaces, and can be anchored to the floorboard of a rig for a full-body workout. 

Do It Your Way

You can also be creative about how you achieve your daily exercise, seeing as there are endless options available. The important thing is simply to get your body moving and avoid a sedentary lifestyle with all its negative effects. Remember to keep hydrated, and practice good nutrition in your diet; we only have one life to live.

Happy Trucking!