10 Tips to Keeping Yourself Healthy

shutterstock_116229451Check out these 10 tips to keeping yourself healthy!

1. Be Social

It’s not easy to do while you’re out there on the road. Drivers can go most of the day without having any contact with others (besides quick exchanges with dispatchers and cashiers). Keep in contact with your friends and loved ones. Call or Skype your family members, stay active on social media networks during your breaks, join an online community like CDLLife.com, and if it’s comfortable – spur conversations with those around you. Making positive connections with others is great for your health!

2. Supplement Your Diet With Vitamins

You want to take a minimal approach to supplementing your diet – too many additional vitamins can actually be harmful to you. Be sure to take them in moderation, and to pay close attention to recommended daily doses. Check out these 7 Most Common Nutrients Linked to Deficiency.

3. Get Quality Sleep 

Quality sleep is vitally important to your health. For optimal health, we need at least seven hours of sleep each night. Not getting enough sleep could lead to depression, hight blood sugar, diabetes, a weakened immune system, and creates many other health risks. Check out these 10 Tricks To Falling Asleep Quickly And Soundly.

4. Don’t Put Off Getting Medical Care If You Need It

It’s common for healthy people to put off a doctor’s visit for something that seems like a small issue – especially for drivers. Finding the time to get to your doctor or a clinic can be next to impossible. Keep in mind that the quicker you receive treatment, the more effective the treatment methods will be. If you start to notice that you’re having troublesome symptoms that threaten to become more severe, make time to see your doctor.

5. Limit Your Sodium Intake 

All too often, we get caught up in watching sugar, calories, and carbohydrates – but we forget about sodium. Consuming too much sodium is linked to an increase in risk of high blood pressure. Excess sodium is commonly found in packaged and processed foods – so it’s important to check nutrition labels and limit your intake to under 2,300 milligrams per day.