As January winds to a close and the year starts to take off, people’s New Year’s resolutions become left in the dust, and truckers are no different. Exercise more, eat healthy, lose weight; they all get lost in the shuffle of work, family, and daily errands.
So what can truckers do to improve their health when New Year’s resolutions start to fade?
Now that 2015 is off and rolling, forget the resolutions and go for a lifestyle change. Resolutions are fleeting and easily tossed away, but lifestyle changes, while more difficult, stick with you, even when you’re on the road.
Trucker’s Health: Dump the Resolution, Make a Lifestyle Change
Make Health a Top Priority
The first step to really making healthy lifestyle changes is to make health a top priority. It’s no longer something that can be put off until tomorrow because you are too busy. It must be done today! If you struggle finding time to exercise, make it the first thing you do in the morning. Before hitting the road, do some pushups, sit ups, and a few jumping jacks. Exercising first gets it out of the way and helps get your blood flowing. It will also stimulate your metabolism, helping to burn more calories throughout the day. You will feel better and think more clearly throughout the day, making you a happier, safer, more productive truck driver.
Take Baby Steps
One of the biggest pitfalls that people fall into with New Year’s resolutions is trying to do too much too fast. If you go from eating unhealthy and not exercising one day to eating only carrots and celery and trying to run 5 miles the next day, you are going to get frustrated and want to quit. Instead, start by working some vegetables into your diet and jogging for 5 to 15 minutes. The next week, add more veggies and go for twenty minutes to a half hour. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete on day one, and starting too fast will not only make you frustrated, it can also cause injury. So take it slow, work your way up, and set attainable goals.
Set Specific, Measurable Goals
You want your goals to be realistic and reachable, not overambitious. They should also be specific and measurable. “I want to lose weight” is a fine goal, but “I want to lose 5 pounds” is specific and measurable. You should also set a time frame. “I want to lose 5 pounds in 30 days” is even better. By adding in the time frame, you include a sense of urgency, which helps make your healthy lifestyle a top priority.
You can change your health and change your quality of life by making healthy lifestyle changes. Truck drivers’ health is a serious issue, so do what you can to become a healthier, happier trucker.
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