The life of a trucker is seemingly always busy, with a lot of hustle and bustle involved in driving from Point A to Points B, C, D and beyond. However, even if you've only been in this business for a few days, you probably know there is also more downtime than people realize. Rather than risk being bored or picking up some bad habits, there are plenty of fun hobbies you can try on for size.
The following are just a few examples of the most popular hobbies among truckers:
Sitting in the driver's seat for a lot of the day, carrying heavy loads and other necessary parts of a trucker's job don't always lend themselves to feeling good physically, and exercise can really help, according to TransWood. Even 10 or 15 minutes of low- and middle-effort exercises — from a simple walk to jumping jacks, pushups and abdominal crunches — can do your body a world of good, help you get in shape and burn both time and calories.
When you're planning your routes before a trip, it can be a good idea to see if there are any points of interest on the way, TransWood advised. If you're going to see the country, you might as well really see everything it has to offer. As long as you're not going too far out of your way, there may be plenty of fun and exciting sights to see across the country if you just take a few minutes to appreciate them.
What good is seeing the country if you're not sharing it with people? Even as a solo trucker, you can capture images to share — and last a lifetime, according to Schneider. When you just start out with photography, your smartphone's camera and some image editing software can be great for posting on Facebook or Instagram. But as you level up your skill, you might want to upgrade to a high-quality camera to better capture the sights from a life on the road.
4) Learn skills
Along similar lines to photography, if you've ever found yourself saying, "I'd love to learn how to do that," trucking can give you the time, Schneider added. While you may not be able to take up something like woodworking on the road — since many heavy tools won't fit in your cab — you can still learn about and try your hand at whittling, knitting, writing, playing an instrument, or anything else that doesn't take up a lot of space.
5) Take up reading
Another great way to learn is by reading, whether it's non-fiction or fiction, according to Drive My Way. A good book is the perfect way to take a journey to worlds you can't physically visit (or even imagine) and it will also come with some stronger language skills. As an added bonus, this is something you can do whether you're in detention or driving, thanks to audiobooks that can pick up on the page where you leave off.
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