Tips for Exercising on the Road

For truck drivers, staying in shape on the road can be a real challenge. Along with keeping up a healthy diet, you’ll need to find ways to get in some exercise. Not only will regular exercise help you stay fit, but it will also keep you from feeling cramped and fatigued while you’re driving. Here are some handy tips for exercising while you’re traveling as a truck driver.

Jog during your downtime.

Keep a pair of running shoes in the back of your truck, and when you pull over at a rest stop, take a quick five-minute jog. Jogging is a relatively easy exercise, and it will get your heart pumping and help your muscles loosen up. Getting into the habit of doing this every time you stop the truck is a great way to squeeze in some regular exercise throughout the day.

Learn some simple stretches.

If you don’t already have a stretching routine worked out, now is the time to do it! Stretching before you get into the truck—and after you get out—will keep your muscles from cramping up, and it will also help ensure that you stay alert and focused behind the wheel. You should also be sure to stretch before you do any more challenging exercises.

Bring your weights with you.

If you lift weights at home, consider bringing them along with you. Weights are generally easy to transport, and you can create a simple workout routine that you can do whenever you’re on the road. However, make sure that you keep your weights boxed up and safe whenever you aren’t using them. If you leave your weights out, they can easily roll around the floor of the truck and distract you from driving—or worse, get underfoot.

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