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How to Stay Healthy on the Road

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Whether you are a trucker or a traveling salesperson, life working on the road can be tough. There are deadlines to meet, you need to be constantly alert, and there's a lot to do in a short space of time. But there's another unseen risk to this way of working. Sitting for long periods of time is now a big health risk along with being overweight and smoking. It is connected to developing diabetes and other medical conditions. So, staying healthier on the road has never been more important. Here's how you can include healthy habits into your working day.

Move More

If you drive all day, sitting leads to a sedentary lifestyle. Taking regular breaks is vital, not only to refresh your concentration levels, but also to shift position. When you stop at the diner or service station, don't just head to the food. Walk around the block or do some stretches. Take the opportunity to move a bit more. On your day off, try something active such as swimming, golf, hiking or cycling to keep your body as active as possible.

Eat Healthy

Food in roadside diners can be greasy and full of carbs. If you are seated all day think about the number of calories in that food and whether you will work it off. Increased weight leads to joint problems, high blood pressure and more.Developing long term illnesses such as heart disease can but a driving job at risk. Swap sugar loaded snacks for fruit or other healthy options. Try water instead of fizzy soda. Look for leaner cuts of meat or fish with salad instead of fries. These simple swaps will help you avoid piling on weight, especially when you have a sedentary job.

Get Your Rest

Getting a good nights sleep is seen as crucial to maintaining good health. Studies have shown that insufficient sleep is linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease and also to developing heart problems. Sleeping well enables the body to rest and cells to replicate naturally. It enables you to be refreshed and able to focus on your work. Make sure you aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Earplugs and eye shades help block distractions when you are on the road. Avoiding coffee before bedtime also avoids disturbed sleep.

Get Checked Out

If you have a busy working day and are constantly on the move, you also need to make time for yourself. Make time to get your blood pressure checked at least annually. If you have a problem it can be treated before it leads to a serious condition developing. Get your eyesight tested and make sure you have any health risks under control.

Setting a few simple goals will help you make lifestyle changes. That's how you get to look after yourself and stay healthier on the road.

Last modified on Friday, 05 July 2019 17:24