Rolling in the Healthy Trucker Spotlight: Mike Adams

Healthy Trucker Spotlight - Mike AdamsWhat’s your motivation to live healthier?   Stop to think about that question for a moment.  

Sure, it’s great that we put all of this information out there to help improve truck driver health, but who is really out there making a change?  Remember, it’s one thing to read it and think, “oh, that’s a good idea” and it’s another to actually go do it.  We want to help you find that motivation to DO something.

For a lot of truck drivers (and people in general), it takes knowing and seeing results from others to ignite that fire.  There’s just something about a before and after story that simply can’t be beat.  And that’s exactly what we’re going to be bringing you with today’s Healthy Trucker Spotlight….

The Healthy Trucker Spotlight

We’re rolling out a new feature here on The Healthy Trucker to do just that — share stories from real truck drivers who have seen success with their healthy journey on the road.

We kick off our Healthy Trucker Spotlight with Mike Adams, who runs the Truckin Fitness page on Facebook. Mike was kind enough to answer some of my questions about his experience with staying healthy on the road, so without further ado, here’s what he had to say!

When and how did you get started in the trucking industry?

“My dad was a driver for 45 years. He loved the job and it was easy for me to follow in his footsteps. When I was 15, my dad was driving for a livestock outfit in Baker, OR. Part of the job was cleaning out the truck and re-bedding it with sawdust. Dad got together with the other drivers and they paid me $2.50 a truck. We had 10 trucks, and I did the job 3 times a week. I had more money than any boy in high school!

Truck drivers being the way they are, they taught me to move the truck and back up and park. I have, for the most part, been driving one kind of truck or another since!”

How did you begin your health journey? Did you start with small changes or just completely change your way of life?

Truckin Fitness Before and After

“The first part of the split is me at 235 pounds, the second part is me at 178. My weight is changing as I quit smoking 10 months ago and I am lifting a lot of weights.” – Mike Adams

“My fitness started slow, as it should for everyone. If we try and make to many changes all at once, we have a bigger chance to fail. Little steps, one small change at a time, building on that. We do not diet at Truckin Fitness. Instead, we are learning a new way to look at food and to live a healthy lifestyle.”

What does your “truck driver health” routine consist of now?

“I eat 4-5 small meals a day, that way I eat less but never have a empty stomach. My routine goes like this:

  1. Coffee
  2. Breakfast – usually oatmeal
  3. Mid-morning snack – fresh fruit
  4. Lunch – sandwich and small salad
  5. Mid-afternoon snack – almonds or raw veggies
  6. Dinner – soup and salad bar, or if I cook in the truck, grilled chicken, pork, or steak with cooked veggies and salad.

I try to eat something every 2 1/2 hours.”

On your Facebook page, you mention losing significant weight by modifying P90X for the truck. What kind of modifications did you make to the program?

“More than modifying the program I modified the mind. If you want to do something bad enough, you will make it happen. If you do not, you will make excuses! No excuses!”

What are your thoughts on people who don’t care or make excuses for not being healthy on the road?

“You only live once, you should live it the way you want. I think most drivers would get healthy, they just believe it cannot be done. Maybe they are “too old”, maybe there is “not enough time or room.” I do this to show them that if they want it, we will make a way!”

What changes do you think need to be made at truck stops to help promote a healthier lifestyle?

“Truck stops are feeding us to death. It is all about the dollar. They need a healthy menu. Some are getting better, but they all have a way to go. Having a workout room would be a great help! Ultimately though, it is up to the individual to take responsibility for their own health. If I can do it, anyone can!”

Are there any tools or products that have helped you with your healthy lifestyle on the road?

“Most should start with resistance bands because they are easier to store and don’t cost too much. I use BowFlex SelectTech dumbells. I use resistance bands, and I have a portable stair stepper for cardio for when I am loading or unloading, or if the weather is bad.

I also took out my passenger seat and mounted a dorm fridge/freezer! Also, in my truck for cooking, I have a microwave, George Foreman grill, and an electric skillet with a lid and hot plate.

If you want it bad enough you will make a way!”

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Amanda is a former digital communications coordinator and frequent blogger for the TheHealthyTrucker.net, a website focused on truck driver health initiatives. Our mission is to encourage truck drivers to embrace a healthier lifestyle by providing both expert advice and real world experiences. Let us be your co-driver on the road to a healthier, happier life!