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Fitness, Hygiene, and Diet For a Long-Haul Trucker

According to its research, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) says obesity in trucks is rampant. In response to the investigation, the Associated Press noted that many truckers were not wearing seat belts because their stomachs were on the road, about one in four had sleep apnea, and half of all smoke truck drivers, compared to about a fifth of all. Americans. All of these are risk factors for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 75% of truck drivers are overweight, and 25% are obese. Clearly, trucks pose a challenge for a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Martin Moore-Ede, a Toronto researcher, claims that truck drivers live ten to fifteen years younger than the average North American man, who lives at 76.

Concerns about the lack of health and fitness among truck drivers have also resulted in a reality show about CMT called Trick my Trucker, where drivers get a makeover and a guide to healthy living. Outside of landing on a reality show, what can a truck do to fight a lifestyle that is not conducive to healthy living?

The truck doesn't compare to regular jobs. A long-haul truck has no option to hit the Gold Gym after work everyday, and some people seem to have taken Chuck Norris's advice with the purchase of Total Gym. Although some drivers are concerned about their health, the majority are among the unhealthy eaters on the planet.

There are many reasons for the lack of healthy habits on the road. For national drivers, spending three to six weeks living in a truck only has one way to break the divide. After 14 hours of work, it is often difficult to gather motivation to provide healthy food. Exhaustion and stress can highlight the comfort of a cozy meal in a restaurant. After getting rid of the healthiest road on the road, I found it difficult to get back on track. Boredom and loneliness are the perfect scapegoat for unhealthy food or snacks.

While it may be unintentional to get high quality workouts on the road, many drivers take creative approaches to avoid the dreaded "truck body". Wisconsin drivers decided to start running. Instead of waiting for his truck to be unloaded, he walked a mile to the nearest town. He also advised to park the car behind the truck stop. This forces you to run extra on a regular day trip. The other driver I met kept the bike folded in his truck. Not only does it give you a fun way to stay active, it gives you extra mobility in the short term. It obviously worked for him, because he was lean and muscular.

The only limit to finding a way to stay on the road is the creativity of the driver. I saw the driver jumping rope at the truck stop, and another was pumping iron on a heavy bench next to his truck. I also found stickers on the Internet called "Truck Trucks". The metal frame screws to the floor behind the driver's seat, and a series of resistance strips and adjustable rods, supposedly, provide full body training without leaving the driver's seat.

Personally, I carry a set of dumbbells and resistance bands on the road, and I walk as much as I can. I usually prepare my own food, but sometimes I am the victim of an unfulfilled desire for greasy road fare. The best advice for any driver is to prepare most of the food in the truck, avoid fast food and buffets, and exercise for at least a few minutes a day. Even Bojangles chicken, my personal weakness, seemed a bit unattractive as I watched the driver, with his belly fat close to his knees, crawl towards the truck stop after being placed as close to the buffet as possible.

Personal hygiene is another problem that has proven challenging for some drivers. Although some people swear they take a daily shower, I find it impractical to try daily baths on the road. While theoretically possible, the sacrifice of bedtime seems to be greater than positive. My personal goal is to get a "real" bath every day while doing a quick wash with baby towels the next day. For me, this is a more practical goal that I usually achieve.

The main truck stop chain is usually good for providing clean shower facilities. With the purchase of oil, the driver gets a free shower. One of the best shower facilities I've found is at the Bosselman Travel Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. They're always clean, and they're almost big enough for a three-game basketball game. As an added touch, the staff left a pair of Hershey kisses for the driver.

Across the spectrum, I have found shower facilities that reflect a lower work ethic. The most disgusting bath I've ever seen was at a free truck stop in Winnie, Texas. The towels were used, and I am convinced that the last cleanup took place during the Bill Clinton administration. I asked for my money back, and took a baby nap in the truck.

I have seen many drivers who ignore the hygiene. It never ceases to amaze me that while all the major trucking companies offer dental plans, I see so many missing or disgusting teeth. I admit that it can be a challenge for a driver to keep a medical or dental appointment, but I'll take some time off, or even quit the company, before I leave my teeth broken and fall out. I believe the majority of truck drivers care about personal hygiene, but some believe in negative Hollywood stereotypes.

One source of personal amusement was when I saw a male driver flirting with a waitress or cashier at a truck stop when he was dirty, emitting a foul odor, his teeth (if he had them) stained coffee and nicotine, and cracking his ass peeking behind Levi's back. greasy. However, she thinks she is a gift from God to women. As one driver said, "The general public is either evil or clean. Their work has nothing to do with it."

I tend to agree.



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