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Can you still be healthy and active as a truck driver?

You have recently secured a job as a truck driver in California and are excited about the many benefits you now have access to. Among them, you are looking forward to exploring new places, observing new scenery and gaining valuable skills that will help you in other areas of your life outside of work. However, you are concerned about your ability to stay healthy and active when your job requires you to sit in the driver's seat of a big truck for extended periods of time. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid becoming unhealthy and overweight despite the fact you are a truck driver. 

One of the most important things you can do is to create a list of health and wellness goals at the start of your employment. In fact, you may consider posting them somewhere in your truck where you will have a visual to remind you of what you want to maintain. According to Esurance, some of the things that you can do to stay healthy include the following:

  • Find creative ways to incorporate some exercise into your routine. Take a simple set of weights with you and a resistance band to use between legs of your travel. 
  • When you have the chance, pack your meals and focus on raw, healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, nuts and lunch meat. 
  • Do not develop unhealthy habits such as snacking, smoking or drinking excessive amounts of sugary beverages in an attempt to stay alert or entertained. 
  • Socialize when you are able to. Good conversations can keep your brain active and alert. 

Your efforts to maintain your health and activity can help you stay safer on the road by being more alert, energized and ready to take on your next shift. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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