Sitting in a cab all day paired with the excess amount of fast food offered at truck stop can make it easy for drivers to slip into an unhealthy lifestyle. Changing habits and learning new tricks to maintain your health and fitness is a slow process, but beneficial in the long run.
If your wondering where to start or just curious about ways to stay fit on the road, check out these 5 tips.
Get Creative With Your Space
Who says you can’t workout inside your truck? There are a lot of simple exercises you can do just by utilizing the area in your truck. Get creative and see what works for you.
Prime Driver Health and Fitness Coordinator, Matt Hancock, shows one option in the video below.
Know What’s Near You
Switching up your exercise is the easiest way to stay motivated and engaged. Start thinking about what you can do near your stops to get in a quick workout. A walk in a park, using a truck stop gym or jogging through town are all easy ways you can take advantage of local areas.
Use Portable Equipment
You don’t need to rely on bulky gym weights or squat racks to workout. There are plenty of options when it comes to small, easily stored exercise equipment.
Keep a jump rope, kettle bell or resistance bands in your truck and pull them out when you make your stops.
Tracking your exercise and progress is a great way to hold yourself accountable when trying to get fit.
Here are a couple of the best:
MyFitnessPal is a great calorie-counting app. The app has a database with information on more than 300 million food items for tracking your daily calorie consumption. It also comes with an exercise tracker.
JEFIT is an app that offers thousands of workout routines. The app comes with detailed instructions, a workout planner, exercise log, progress tracker and numerous timers and options.
Move 15 Minutes a Day
At the end of the day, getting up and moving is what really matters. Try to set a goal for 15 minutes everyday. Weather you’re just taking a walk around the truck stop or plan a quick workout, those 15 minutes will really add up throughout the week.