The Weight Loss Guide for the Long Haulers

At some point in your life you have looked in the mirror and said, “…maybe tomorrow.”

We all have. But, when it comes to your health, it’s hard to look too far ahead. With fast food joints at every corner and the grind of the workweek swallowing all of your free time whole, it’s difficult to find the motivation to exercise.

It may be something that you never think of, but if you’re like most people, it’s on your mind all the time. Everywhere you look taught bods are endorsing designer colognes and lingerie, and each time you lose a little more hope. But toning up for summer this year is in reach, and all it takes is a little effort and a lot of creativity to become a healthy truck driver.

Be Resourceful

Black jump rope rolled up

Image from Nathan Cooke, Flickr

When most people think of working out they assume that you have to be in a gym; this isn’t necessarily true. With a little imagination you can make anything around you an apparatus, and with a couple small purchases, you can maximize your workouts from anywhere.

Jump ropes and resistance bands are prime examples of equipment you should always have in the truck. Both of these items are ripe with workout potential and they are perfect space savers. If losing weight is your goal then fifteen to thirty minutes a day jumping rope will have you trim in no time. But if strength training is your style, resistance bands are renowned for the amount of workouts you can do just by slinging them around a pole or through a door handle.

You’re around heavy stuff all day, make use of it. It may be tough to get your hands on a monster truck tire, but one of a similar size can suffice. For you guys and gals out there that want to bulk up this summer, this latest workout craze can really pump you up.   

  • Anything around you can be an apparatus.
  • Jump ropes and resistance bands are perfect companions for any long haul.
  • Monster truck tires, if available, can pack on the muscle.

A Little Goes a Long Way

On the road it can be tricky to cram in a quick workout, but even fifteen minutes a day can produce dramatic results. You may not be hopping back in the cab drenched in sweat, but some simple routines can go a long way when done right.

Circuit training has been a home gym favorite for years. Most routines take anywhere from ten to twenty minutes and are comprised of rudimentary exercises. You can also adapt these routines to reflect your body type, overall goal and even time spent.

It’s important to remember that getting in shape is an investment in yourself that doesn’t produce results right away. Chipping away at the excess pounds and forging your muscles into stone takes time. If you have five minutes to do a few sets of pull-ups, or a quick set of pushups, over the course of a few weeks you will begin noticing the transformation into the road warrior that you are.

  • Fifteen minutes a day will make a difference in the long run.
  • Circuit training is ideal if you don’t have much space or time.
  • If you have downtime, do a quick set of pushups or pull-ups.

There’s Always an Alternative

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a bummer, but when it comes to dieting, it’s important to know there is always a healthier option. It may be a little more difficult in the gas station chow line but there are simple substitutions you can make that are both delicious and nutritious.

You may want to throw back a cheeseburger and fries when you show up at any truck stop, but try to fight your temptation. If sandwiches are available, opt for no meat and make up the calories with green vegetables and a slice of cheese. If phasing out meat isn’t an option, always check and see if leaner cuts like poultry and fish are available. 

Keeping your breakfasts, lunches and dinners lean is step one, but what you eat in between these meals is the difference between fitness and fatness. Honey-roasted peanuts, fruit, hard-boiled eggs and string cheese are easy to store and offer a lot of your essential daily vitamins. Also, we all know coffee is a necessary evil out there, but make sure you’re drinking a comparable amount of water so you don’t dry out on the road.

  • There is always a healthier option.
  • Choose leaner meats, if at all.
  • Healthy snacks are a must have.

Have Fun Exercising

The most important part of working out is having fun. You can try every diet and every workout in the world, but if you’re not enjoying yourself then there’s no point. You know yourself better than anyone, so pick exercises that you would want to do on a regular basis.

Next time you look in the mirror and want to say, “Maybe tomorrow,” look yourself in the eyes and say, “No, I choose today.” In the end, all you have is the body you’re born with, so buckle up and get ready to ride.