Ensuring that every driver in a fleet is leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to minimize risk for insurance companies. And with the unhealthy habits associated with truck drivers, the need for an improved standard of living is a growing concern within the industry.
The average life expectancy for a commercial truck driver is only 61 years and high blood pressure is one of the largest health risks facing commercial drivers, according to the Centers for Disease and Control.
However, there are plenty of ways for commercial drivers and truckers to buck the trend and begin leading a healthier life.
Preparing for the Road
Many truckers have access to an in-cab refrigerator, but often times it is loaded with unhealthy options. Instead, drivers should stock up on foods that will leave them feeling fuller for a longer period. Fill the fridge with string cheese, fruit, vegetables, popcorn and other items that take the temptation and necessity of stopping for fast food away.
Prepackages meals and restaurant portions are often much larger than a recommended serving. The negative effects of overeating cost you in the long run. Instead, ration food for appropriate meals and save the rest for a smaller meal. The savings add up quickly for both your health and wallet!
Being more productive will reduce the risk of illness, increase mental strength, improve flexibility, and even offset diseases like high blood pressure. Living a healthy lifestyle means adopting a new outlook. By exercising regularly, you’ll increase your productivity and improve your overall mental health.
Healthy Living on the Road
It’s not impossible to exercise, just a challenge that you must overcome. Bring small exercise equipment like resistance bands and jump ropes that provide the ability to perform conditioning exercises while taking a break from driving. A simple 20-minute workout goes a long way to improving overall health.
Visit Your Doctor
Far too many people ignore the simplest way to stay healthy. An annual visit to the doctor’s office are the only way to screen for disease, asses future medical problems, and get tips for sustained wellness. Be sure to tell your doctor everything! Holding on to information will only hurt you, and your doctor relies on your openness to accurately assess your health.
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