How to maintain your health as a professional truck driver
As leaders within the professional transportation industry for over 60 years, we’ve been lucky enough to learn a lot about staying healthy on the road from our talented drivers.
Between the physical effects of long-distance driving and the side effects of being a truck driver on mental health, we strongly advocate for Swift Drivers to maintain a healthy lifestyle above all else.
To make this easier, we've compiled a list of simple tips and tricks to help truck driving professionals maintain a healthier lifestyle on the road that are relevant for both the most experienced drivers and trainees, alike.
Ways to prevent the physical effects of long-distance driving
If you’re a truck driving professional, you’re likely familiar with the physical toll the line of work can have on your body and the impact it could ultimately have on your career.
Though life on the road offers exciting opportunities for travel and professional growth, it is important to consider the physical health risks truck drivers face and equip yourself with ways to prevent them.
To ensure optimal health and job security, it is critical to put your wellness first by prioritizing more than just diet and exercise in order to combat the potential dangers of long-distance driving. Continue reading to learn more about how to stay healthy as a truck driver.
It can be difficult to know how to eat healthy as a truck driver but it really comes down to making simple yet strategic food choices that suit your level of physical activity.
This is an important lifestyle decision all professional drivers need to make, as truck drivers are twice as likely to experience obesity than other US workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This can lead to serious health risks, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, which can disqualify you from receiving your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
A healthy diet starts with staying hydrated. Be sure to keep an ample supply of water on hand, travel with a reusable water bottle, and consider adding in electrolyte supplements to increase the benefits of hydration faster.
A great way to avoid the temptation of fast food or eating a king-size candy bar for breakfast is to plan out your meals before you report to work. This can include:
- Meal prepping healthy dishes to pack up and bring with you.
- Opting for a well-balanced meal replacement drink.
- Picking up low-sodium frozen meals or canned soup to heat up.
- Subscribing to an easily transportable meal delivery service.