Fitness is - and should be - a major concern in the trucking industry. After all, truckers don't always have access to the healthiest diets and don't necessarily have the flexibility in their schedules to exercise as much as they should, much less visit a doctor.
With that in mind, it's vital for pro haulers to make sure they're doing what they can to stay fit any time they get the opportunity. Here are five great ways to do so:
1) Take a walk or run
This is the simplest and most obvious exercise for any trucker, but you might be surprised how few actually do it, according to Load Delivered. Many truck stops and rest areas have trails along their perimeter or in close proximity, and taking even an hour to venture out in some comfortable sneakers can do wonders, whether you're going for a brisk jog or a relaxing walk.
2) Invest in exercise bands
The beauty of exercise bands - also known as resistance bands - is that they can be used to augment any workout, Load Delivered advised. They're designed to make movement just a little bit harder and, despite their simplicity, can really add a degree of difficulty to any workout. As an added bonus for truckers, they're very small and can be stored just about anywhere in your cab.
3) Use small dumbbells or kettlebells
If you've got a little more room in the cab, bringing a set of small weights along with you will give you an opportunity to lift just about anywhere, according to Trucking Truth. Whether you're in your sleeper berth or taking time in the parking lot to do a series of weight-based exercises, you can get plenty of mileage out of them.
With both weight training and use of resistance bands, you'll likely find a lot of helpful exercises you can do online, and many can even be tailored to your specific needs, such as a bad back or strengthening your knees.
4) Try yoga
While yoga may have a reputation in some corners as being the province of younger people, it can do a world of good for just about everyone's body, according to Crete Carrier. After all, yoga is a kind of stretching that also focuses on healthy breathing and relaxation, which is something everyone could use. For just about any consistent ache and pain you may have, there's a yoga stretch to address it, and a little research will help you find it.
5) Bring a collapsible bike
If you have a particularly large amount of space in your cab, consider bringing along a collapsible bike that you can break out when you get the chance, Crete Carrier advised. Much like running or walking, riding a bike is a great, low-impact exercise that you can do just about anywhere. Of course, you should also make sure you have a helmet at the very least, but biking will allow you to cover more ground quickly.
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