Importance of Truck Driver Exercise
After sitting behind the wheel of a big rig for hours on end, it’s critical that truck drivers stay active in order to prevent health and circulation problems down the road (pun intended). Today, I’m going to share 3 truck driver exercise goals you should set right now to help you stay fit when you’re sitting down the majority of the day.
1. When You Stop the Truck, GET MOVING!
The first thing you should do when you stop the truck is get moving! You’re in a confined space for a long time, so every time you stop – take the time to get in a brisk walk or do some stretching. Every truck driver exercise routine should include some dynamic stretches. Stretching out is one of the best things you can do after sitting for a long period of time. Dynamic stretches will increase your blood and oxygen flow, which are bound to slow down when you stay in the same position for too long.
In the above video, I demonstrate a few dynamic stretches you can do as soon as you step out of the cab. These stretching exercises for truck drivers can be done just about anywhere, they don’t take a lot of time, but they will get the job done after a long bout of driving. Leg swings, arm swings, and trunk rotations will stretch out your whole body and get the blood flowing again. I recommend doing 15 swings on each side to get started. Follow these stretches up with a quick brisk walk to get your heart rate up and get some cardio in.
2. Make Strength Training a Part of Your Exercise
Make it a goal as a truck driver to get strength training exercises in at least 3 times a week. Doing so will give your metabolism a boost and prevent bone weakening, weight gain, and high cholesterol. And yes, it is possible to get in a strength training workout in the cab of a big rig without take some a huge home gym with you. Invest in good medium-weight barbells (or whatever you can handle) or resistance bands and you’ll get the same effect. I’ll give you some more ideas in a future video 🙂
3. Don’t Forget the Cardio
Lastly, your truck driver exercise routine should aim to include some cardio 3-4 times a week. Cardio workouts can be as easy as doing a 20 minute walk around the truck stop after you stop for the night. If you took my advice in goal #1 by including a 20 minute brisk walk, you’ll knock out the cardio when you stop to stretch!
If you set these 3 truck driver exercise goals every week, you’ll quickly be on your way to becoming a healthier, stronger truck driver. The most difficult part of working out on the road is getting the motivation to get up and do something after a long day of driving; however, if you make it a routine part of your schedule, eventually it will just become a part of your lifestyle instead of a daily chore.