Being on the road all hours of the day and night can be not only tiring but can also can a hit to your physical health. It can get so easy to eat whatever you want and ignore any type of exercising. Sleep, a huge part of your physical health, is also disturbed on the road which can mess with your metabolism, eating cycles and mental health. Utilize these five tips on the road to make your drives a little healthier, and get you feeling mentally and physically better!
1. Always squeeze in exercise time
After driving extensive hours and staying awake for long periods of time, a workout can seem like the last thing you want to think about. However, it’s very important to try and squeeze in a short exercise every day. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, something is better than nothing, plus it will keep the blood flowing. There are plenty of simple exercises that can be done at a truck stop or anywhere along your journey.
2. Pack Snacks
One of the easiest things to do is snack while you’re on the road for long hours at a time- especially when all the snacks available are unhealthy and filled with chemicals. Before hitting the road for a long trip, pack a snack bag. Fill the bag with things like fruits, protein bars and fresh nuts. So, when you need a little pick-me-up, not only do you have a healthy snack, but you’re also eating something that will give your body energy and nutrients.
3. Know your options
There are not many healthy stops for food on long road trips. Most of the food stops next to the gas stations are fast food such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, In-n-Out and sometimes Subway. Although your go-to meal may be a Big Mac with fries on the side, try to discover some of the healthier options at these restaurants. Although even some of these restaurant’s “healthiest” options still may not be that great, they’re better than the latter. Try getting a meal without fries, substituting water for a soda, or some restaurants have protein style so you can substitute lettuce for a bun.
4. Notice Your Posture
Back pain is a huge issue amongst truck drivers, because it’s so easy to slouch and get comfortable without noticing how much damage you’re doing to your body. The best way to fix this problem, if you can’t trust yourself to correct it naturally, is to use accessories. These can range anywhere from a back brace- simple and will keep you sitting up straight- to a seat cover. You can purchase seat covers that are designed and angled to protect your back and correct the way to sit.
5. Drink Water
Water is your best friend in general, but especially on the road. It’s so easy to get dehydrated while driving. Stock up your vehicle with a case of waters so you never run dry. Try and aim for one bottle of water every two hours. Not only will you feel like you have more energy, but you will feel more refreshed!
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