A healthy, fresh option for food remains a longstanding challenge for the essential driver on a long-distance haul. The old days of the “choke and puke” diners where a cup of joe and hot breakfast cost a mere $5 are gone.
Considering the nature of the job, it is an extremely taxing quest to live a healthy lifestyle out on the road.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety, 70% of long-haul truck drivers are considered obese. Additionally, these staggering numbers mean they are at an elevated risk of developing type two diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, and more.
Robert, a driver for Sweet Express, says most of his truck driving friends of 30 years are no longer alive. Eating healthy hits home to him since it has touched his personal life in a deep and impactful way. Robert said, “finding healthy food isn’t as hard as you might think, it’s the drinking.” Beverages like sugary coffee and soda are the primary culprit for the health issues running rampant on the trucking industry.
Dr. Borg, a family health physician from Wisconsin, says it bluntly “don’t drink your calories.”
Robert remains steadfast in his commitment to a healthy driving lifestyle.
In addition to drinking only water, something he’s proud to credit with having a huge impact on his health, Robert makes time for exercise on all of his trips. Robert posts a lot of his ten-mile walks to social media as a testament to his commitment and as a glimmer of hope to his truck friends.
He wants drivers to understand the importance of eating healthy and sticking to a diet because that could mean life or death.
Many truck drivers are finding cell phone apps to guide them on what to eat and where they can get their groceries delivered to their trucks.
Fitness experts suggest that in order to make a change to a healthier lifestyle, truck drivers must look at this as a marathon and not a sprint.
Start by improving small daily habits by skipping that large French fry and drinking a bit more water each day.
Other healthy driver tips include:
- Take the time to meal prep the night before a long drive.
- Drink less coffee and soda because it will make you less groggy and you will feel better.
- Use your mandated rest time to get out of the cab and walk.
The goal of a healthy lifestyle on the road is to reach a point where you are only purchasing fuel and shower from a truck stop.
Eating healthy is as much mental as it is physical. It’s not easy to jump from an unhealthy to healthy diet right away. Moreover, the key is to not give up and reach a consistent diet where you feel better about yourself.