Health is a major concern for most commercial truck drivers, and this isn’t just because they are required to pass DOT physicals. The long hours of sitting relatively still, poor nutrition while on the road, and the stress of ensuring timely arrivals can significantly increase the risk of life-threatening conditions like heart disease and diabetes. It’s a challenge to stay healthy on the road, but it’s definitely possible if you’re committed to making some changes.
Driving a truck for hours on end can be boring, and many drivers compensate with mindless eating. Keep the potato chips out of reach when you’re behind the wheel. Instead, head for a rest stop for each meal. Look for a supermarket near the exit, which offers more nutritious possibilities than gas stations and fast-food restaurants. Supermarkets often sell premade sandwiches and salads at the deli. Look for fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits, or select some whole fruit to stash in your cab. If you must eat fast food, check the menu for calorie counts first.
Some drivers stash a foldable bicycle in the sleeping berth. At rest stops, they can ride around the parking lot to work their leg muscles. You could also simply walk or jog around. Consider wearing a pedometer to track your steps to help you stay motivated. If you bring hand weights, make sure they’re tied down securely in the cab.
Preventing Blood Clots
Even if you do exercise regularly, you’re still at risk of blood clots. Blood clots can form in the legs from long hours of inactivity. They can be deadly if they break free and travel to the heart, lungs, or brain. Reduce your risk by taking frequent rest stops to walk around. Limit sodium, drink lots of water, and when you can’t walk around, flex your calf muscles frequently.
Paramount Urgent Care is pleased to offer DOT physicals in Orlando and our locations in Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake. Our corporate medicine services help all types of employees get and stay healthy. For more information, please visit our contact us page for a location near you or call 352-674-9218.