If you’re the kind of guy who works out regularly, this blog is not for you. But if you’re like many OTR truckers who want to stay fit but simply don’t do the gym thing, read on.
Here are five easy exercises and new habits that can help you maintain your muscle tone and maybe keep you healthier.
- Walk more. It’s probably the easiest exercise you can do, and if you put a little speed in your step, it really helps keep you fit. When you park at a truck stop, take a couple laps around your rig, and walk off your meal by walking completely around the parking lot. As a point of reference, 32 laps around your truck is about a mile.
- Keep healthy snacks handy. Yeah, this one’s tough if you’re in the habit of grabbing a couple of donuts for the road. But switching to healthy trail mix or a protein bar will help you keep your youthful waistline (if you still have one!)
- Drink more water. I know – you don’t want to have to stop to pee too often, but try to work out a schedule of drinking small amounts of water often. It’s a lot better for you than caffeine.
- Use a resistance band. You can work many different muscles with this simple “rubber band” by looping it through the steering wheel or the outside door handle. Plenty of online sites spell out step-by-step exercises, so check them out.
- Do isometric exercises. Isometrics basically push one set of muscles against another without actually moving. For example: Press your palms together in front of your chest and push, or with your hands at 9:00 and 3:00 o’clock on the steering wheel press inward. Hold these positions for 10 seconds or more.
With all of these steps, you need to be committed to a routine. That’s the key – get into new, healthy habits and you’ll feel better and be more alert.