You spend hours on end sitting down, driving all day and sometimes into the night. We get that the job of trying to keep fit and healthy while at work might seem an impossible feat to achieve!
However, it doesn’t have to be. Our previous blog on battling fatigue provides some simple tips on healthy eating and the benefits of sleeping well, but here are our top tips on life in the cab: how to keep fit.
Try and make walking part of your daily commute. For example, if you get public transport, why not jump on at a stop that’s a few streets away from home? Do the same on your way home to get a few minutes of exercise every day. If you drive to work, park your car in the furthest spot and walk to the depot door.
You need to take a break during, or after, 4.5 hours of driving, so why don’t you use some of that time (45 minutes in total) to get out of your cab seat and walk around for a couple of minutes? A few circuits of the service station car park will do wonders for clearing your head and getting the heart pumping!
When you’re not working, try and make exercise part of your downtime routine. The weekly recommended amount is 150-minutes, which is just 30-minutes for five out of the seven days. You don’t need to be aiming for marathon runner status. If you’re a beginner, but want to get fit, the NHS’ Couch to 5K programme is a great place to start.
Check your posture when you’re driving and make sure that you sit up straight with your shoulders back. Avoid hunching or bending over at the wheel. When you’re stationary at the lights, or stuck in traffic, why don’t you try some simple stretches and exercises while sitting down. Stretch your neck by looking up, down, left and right. Roll your wrists, ankles and shoulders every hour or so. And, work your abdomen and gluteus by contracting the muscles, holding and then releasing repeatedly.
If you’d like more advice on staying fit and healthy while out on the road, contact us today.