Fitness on the road.

It’s back to reality after the Christmas period filled with turkey, mulled wine and over indulgence so we are going to start the year as we mean to go on! We all know how important exercise is, not only for our physical wellbeing, but also for our mental wellbeing. Even 10 minutes of brisk walking helps to increase our mental alertness, boost energy levels and create a positive attitude.

Being active doesn’t mean you have to sign yourself up to the local gym, there are lots of easy ways to get exercise into your daily routine. Here are some exercises for you try whilst you are out on the road.

Stretch your hands.

Lorry drivers spend the majority of their shift steering the lorry from destination to destination and as a result of this, they are more likely to have stiff or painful fingers and hands. To combat this, you can do hand stretches whilst your vehicle is stationery such as:

-       rotating your wrists in alternating circular motions.

-       stretch your wrists and fingers by placing your fingertips on the top of your steering wheel, gently apply some weight to your hand and hold the stretch for 20 seconds. Repeat with your other hand.

Abdominal Crunch

We know you will spend a lot time sitting down, so why not make the most of this? You can strengthen your abdominal by squeezing the muscles and holding this position for a period of time, maybe for the duration of your favourite song or during the news on the radio.

If you can’t hold the squeeze for a prolonged period of time, try starting with 30 seconds to 1 minute and build up the time!

Shoulder Shrugs

You can help to relieve tension and stress from the shoulders by doing a simple repeated shrug movement. Try this exercise whilst you are stopped at a red light, having your lunch or on a break.

For best results, raise your shoulders up to your ears and hold the position for a few seconds, then repeat. If you are able to do this 10-15 times throughout the day, your shoulders will thank you!