The four most popular excuses truckers use for NOT exercising: I’m too tired, I don’t have enough space, I don’t have any time, and I don’t have any equipment.
Not only are these excuses used by us truckers, but I’ve heard the same complaints from just about everyone I know, from all walks of life. I have to agree that due to a trucker’s erratic, hectic schedule, these obstacles can be a little more difficult to overcome than they would be for the average person. It’s easy to make excuses, but with some motivation and knowledge you can stop the excuses and start working towards a healthier lifestyle today.
I have found to keep an active, healthy lifestyle out on the road you have to sometimes get creative and be flexible. So let’s address these excuses one at a time…
I’m too tired.
Yes, you’re tired. I’m tired too. Right now I’m running on nine hours of sleep over the last two days, but I still pushed myself to get a 30 minute workout in. I think sometimes it’s just mind over matter — you have to make the decision to get up and exercise versus laying down and watching TV and I always feel 100% better after I finish exercising. I think this is probably the hardest obstacle to overcome in this industry, but the more you make the healthy choice, the easier it becomes. Plus, exercise is a great stress reliever and energy booster.
I don’t have any space.
This is a tricky one. We have a pretty sizable sleeper so regardless of the weather I am able to workout inside the cab of the truck. This is where the creativity comes in. Utilize parts of your truck to aid you in your workouts. We have plenty of room to do cardio like jumping jacks, jump rope (no rope needed), high knees, lunges, squats, calf raises, boxing and jogging in place. You can use the armrests on your seats and the bed to do dips and pushups (see video clips). I have a couple of 10 lb. free weights that I use to do bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, standing shoulder fly, overhead press and arm circles to name a few. If you are at a location with some open space and the weather is nice go OUTSIDE! Simply take a walk, jog or run and before you know it your heart rate will be up and your workout will be done!
I don’t have time.
This is a hard one when you’re working 12/14 hour plus days. This is where you have to be flexible. If you can’t get in a straight 30 minute workout, split it into two fifteen minute workouts. If I had a choice I would workout at the same time every day. Some people prefer early mornings, mid-day or at night. I like exercising mid-day or evening. Realistically working out at a set time every day is just not going to happen — most of the time I have to squeeze it in when the opportunity arises whether I feel like it or not. I find this happens during our half hour break or usually when we’re waiting to get loaded or unloaded. We haul produce and sometimes we can be at a shippers for hours, this is when I take the opportunity to exercise. So, I know time is an issue, but there are ways around that if you stay flexible.
I don’t have equipment.
This excuse really gets to me. You DON’T need any equipment! Your body is the only equipment you need. As I said in a previous paragraph, there is so much you can do without the use of equipment like walking, jogging, squats and anything cardio-based really. If you are comfortable working out outside you can add planks and yoga too (I’ve tried yoga in the truck cab, just not enough room and it ended up being quite comical). So while exercise equipment is not necessary to stay fit and healthy, sometimes it’s nice to have. I personally have weighted boxing gloves, 10 lb. free weights, a jump rope and stretch bands. These were all inexpensive purchases available at Walmart and take up very little precious space. So if you want to incorporate some equipment and it will help motivate you, go for it, but it’s not mandatory.
I hope this has helped inspire you in some way. Remember mind over matter, make the decision to exercise. There’s enough space, just make the space work for you. There is time, it just might not be when you “feel” like working out and break your workouts up into smaller 15 min. periods. Lastly, you don’t need any fancy equipment, your body is all the equipment you need!
So, until next time, keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up and make healthy choices!
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