What tips and advice do you have for truck drivers who WANT to get healthier but don’t know where to start?
For starters, if you can, get a partner. My friends and I support each other through social media like Facebook by sharing weight loss victories or to lift each other up if we’re struggling. Even though my husband didn’t need to lose weight he did need to eat healthier and the important thing was, we encouraged each other and kept each other accountable. I feel it’s very important to educate yourself also. There’s so many blogs (like yours), videos and apps out there to help you on your health and fitness journey. The biggest advice I can give is to just start! Even if it’s baby steps and little diet adjustments here and there, it’s still a start. Park farther away at truck stops, walk around your truck several times while doing pre-trip inspections, walk in place or lift weights while watching tv….just get moving in some way, focus on getting your heart rate up for at least 15-30 minutes a day.
What changes do you think truck stops/the trucking industry needs to make to promote a healthier lifestyle?
I like that most truck stops now carry fruit and salads as healthy options verses greasy pizza, but it’s up to you to make the healthy choice. Maybe if the calorie, fat and sugar content were posted next to the food at truck stops (like they do on restaurant menus) people would be more conscious of their choices. Also, it would be wonderful if truck stops had gyms. I know there are some that do, but I think it needs to be in every single truck stop. Also, maybe if trucking companies could incorporate some health and fitness education at their terminals, via emails or newsletters that would help.
Do you find it harder/easier to stay healthy on the road driving as a team?
I find it much easier, because like I said, we keep each other accountable. We motivate and encourage each other. Even though I’m not a driver, we are together 24/7 and it’s hard to slack off or eat that cupcake when you have someone there pushing you!
What tools/equipment do you use on the road to help maintain a healthy diet/exercise plan?
Well since there isn’t a whole lot of room in these trucks as everyone knows, we limit our work out equipment. There are so many work outs you can do just using your own body weight. However, I do use 10-pound weights and my husband uses resistance bands. Both are relatively inexpensive to purchase at Walmart and take up little space. He uses the backs of our seats to wrap the bands around for more resistance while doing curls, military presses and shoulder shrugs. For my cardio workouts I just need my headphones and some fast paced music!
As far as food, we just have a microwave and refrigerator. I know a lot of drivers have cook tops etc.. But we find we really just don’t have the room with two of us living in our truck full time. We mostly eat healthy sandwiches, salads and sometimes a light soup cooked in the microwave along with fruits and vegetables. I’m not going to lie, it does get boring sometimes so we do try to change it up in small ways. We like to treat ourselves to a dinner out once a week, but we make sure it’s always a healthy option!
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