3 Healthy Living Habits Truckers Can Start Now
by Apex Capital | January 16, 2014
It’s never too late for truck drivers to develop healthy habits on the road. According to a study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), almost 70% of long-haul truck drivers are obese and more than half (51%) are smokers. When polled, 88% of truck drivers had one or more of the three risk factors of hypertension, smoking or obesity. These statistics are scary, but we found three healthy living habits truckers can start today that can drastically improve health and well-being.
Drink More Water
This is easy to work into a routine. Start out small by swapping a glass of water instead of a soft drink or energy drink. Eventually move up to drinking water more than drinking soda, coffee, or energy drinks. Not only is drinking water a great way to stay hydrated, but it will make you feel better. Increasing water consumption can decrease calorie intake, making a big difference in your waistline. Water also helps relieve headaches and back pain caused from dehydration, energizes your muscles, brightens your skin, and removes toxins and waste products from your body.
We know this is easier said than done, but it’s never too late to quit smoking. Smoking is directly linked to heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer and causes 1 in 5 deaths.This task can be overwhelming, but truck drivers looking to quit can start small. Try cutting back on 1-2 cigarettes. Once that becomes comfortable, smoke one less cigarette than the day or week before. If that doesn’t work for you, you can try quitting cold turkey or even a nicotine patch, gum or e-cigarette. There are plenty of options and resources out there. The most important thing is to take action and don’t give up. Your body will thank you for it!
Get More Sleep
Long-haul truck drivers work long hours- 61 hours per week an average. With such an intense schedule, it is important for truck drivers to get a good night sleep. The NIOSH study found that 15% of long-haul truck drivers showed signs of sleep apnea, which can lead to daytime sleepiness and an increased likelihood of accidents. Before bedtime, try winding down with a favorite hobby, listening to a book on tape, or soft music. Stay away from big meals two hours before bed, since digestion can keep you awake. Finally, make sure to avoid alcohol before bed. While it can make you fall asleep faster, alcohol negatively affects your quality of sleep.
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