The most important thing a driver can do on the road is to live a healthy lifestyle. It can be tough being away from home for days or weeks at a time, but life on the road shouldn’t keep you from eating great food, moving around, having a good laugh, and getting the sleep you want and need.
The National Institutes of Health website is packed full of helpful tips for those on the go, many which are listed below.
Eating Healthy On-The-Go
Some truckers eat in their rig, while others go to the nearest truck stop, roadside cafe, filling station, or even fast-food joint if accessible. If you’re preparing your own food in your Western Star, you have the luxury of knowing exactly what you’re eating. On the other hand, if you’re eating out, you may not know entirely what’s going in your body.
When ordering and eating healthy, follow these simple tips:
- Pick out the menu items that are steamed, baked, roasted vs. those that are fried
- Avoid eating the skin on chicken or turkey
- Choose fat-free or low-fat milk for your coffee instead of the heavier cream
- Pack up a portion of your meal, store it, and save it for another meal
- Keep healthy snacks like almonds, fruit, or raw veggies on your rig to curb your cravings for sweets
- And stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water
When it’s time for you to take a break from driving, get out and walk around a little bit. There are health benefits associated with taking a brisk, 30-minute walk, or two 15-minute walk daily. If you’re able to increase your walking time while keeping the brisk pace, you may be able to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and lose weight while you’re at it. When your life is on the road, nothing beats getting out of your rig and enjoying nature around you. Just get on your feet and take it all in!
“Laughter is the best medicine”
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine”, but is laughter truly good for you? The study of laughter, also known as “gelatology”, has shown that it has preventive and therapeutic effects toward a wide array of medical ailments.
So, if you’re on the road and you need a good laugh, why not put in a comedy CD or check out Pandora’s comedy channels. You’re guaranteed to laugh out loud when you find the right set of comedians for your trip.
Getting Enough Sleep
The new set of driving rules that went into effect July 1, 2013 may not affect all drivers, but it stresses the importance of getting the right amount of rest to avoid fatigue. The average amount of sleep that adults should be getting is 7-8 hours a day. Are you getting the recommended amount of sleep? You should talk to your doctor if you’re having trouble sleeping because you may have a sleep disorder.
Staying Healthy All Year Long
Visiting your doctor on an annual basis can help you find a problem before it starts. Your exams and screenings will depend on your age, health and family history, and lifestyle choices. If you discuss the above tips with your doctor and follow through on them, you’ll be on the road to better health.
If you have any other tips for a healthy lifestyle on the road, please share them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from our Western Star fans!