Staying healthy on the road can be a challenge, but possible. Whether the goal is weight loss or muscle gain there are plenty of ways that you can stay fit and active while being an over the road driver. It’s easy to fall in the trap of the “paralysis of analysis”, meaning that we tend to have information overload and we get lost in the analysis of the exercise and nutrition available out there and never apply any of it to our daily routine. Below are some tips to help you incorporate and exercise or two into your daily routine.
The important thing is to keep on moving!
- Make it constant – make a commitment to challenge yourself that no matter what happens, no matter where you are, every other day you will find a way to work out – no excuses.
- Where should I work out? – whenever you go to a new place, make your mission to go for a walk.
- Track your progress – your goal is to be better today than you were yesterday. Keep track of what you’re doing, including how much time you spent doing it and make a note how you felt afterward. This way you can see how many repetitions you will need to do in order to be better and stronger. There are apps like Evernote which help, but a pen and paper work just fine.
- Make eating a big priority – eat quality food with minimum processing. Stick to the basics, protein, cheese, whole grain bread, fresh fruit and veggies and nuts. Minimize eating junk food, processed grains and sugary beverages. Stock up at grocery stores when you can since options are slim at some truck stops. Sounds too easy to be effective, but it’s not – if you plan ahead, it IS that easy.
- Stay active – it doesn’t matter if you’re walking laps in the parking lot while waiting to be unloaded or waiting for your next load. FIND A WAY TO BE ACTIVE EVERY DAY.
We recently held a photo contest encouraging individuals to show us what freedom meant to them. Whether that was cookouts, grandkids or friends, we wanted to see how different people interpret that meaning. Many of our professional drivers are military veterans and the two groups share many of the same qualities. Determinations, loyalty, good work ethics and a commitment to serve. Thank you to both our military veterans and our professional drivers for all you do each day.
Now for the fun part – announcing the winners!
“Grandchildren. Their daddy is deployed protecting their future.”
Lou Ann Hill
“For family to live and enjoy a free country!”
“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.”
At XPO Logistics Truckload, we talk a lot about the dangers of distracted driving and this holiday weekend it’s no different.
According to AAA, an estimated 43 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles from their home creating more congestion on the highway and will increase the possibility of a crash. “June is National Safety Month, but just because the month is ending, doesn’t mean safety can be ignored,” said America’s Road Team Captain David Green who is a professional driver at Werner Enterprises. Make sure you are doing trip planning and pre-trip inspections to help avoid any unsafe situations.
The ATA shared some helpful reminders for both passenger and commercial vehicles as they navigate the roads the 4th of July weekend.
- Buckle Up: Seat belts save lives. Day or night and even if you’re riding in the back seat – wear your seat belt.
- Slow Down: Chances of a crash nearly triples when driving faster than surrounding traffic. The spring and summer are periods when work zones are busiest. It is important to reduce speeds when traveling through those areas.
- Do not drive impaired: There is a lot to celebrate this time of year, with graduations, weddings and holidays seemingly every weekend. With that said, driving is a great responsibility and your fellow travelers are relying on safe, attentive drivers to respectfully share the road and make good decisions.
- Be aware of truck blind spots: When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
- Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
- Do not cut in front of large trucks: Remember trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
- Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance before you leave your home can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
- Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won’t be anxious about arriving late. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.
- Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle ahead.