Regularly going on long drives is a quick way to build unhealthy habits. However, new information is found daily on ways to protect your health in any profession. Being a truck driver can be a profitable career, but you don’t need to sacrifice your health to do it. Consider these tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle when driving a truck.

  • Pack your own meals. The most convenient restaurants to pull over to on the highway are fast food chains. While eating fast food once in a while can be a good treat, eating it regularly can have negative effects on your health. High sodium and saturated fat content in most fast food can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and more chronic health concerns. This kind of food also tends to cause fatigue after eating, which is dangerous for a driver. Pack some of your own meals to avoid the temptation to pull over and get an unhealthy meal.
  • Stop to stretch. Studies show that staying seated in the same position for too many hours is linked to chronic pain, back trouble, and even cancer. Pull over frequently to stretch. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and protect yourself from ailments later on.
  • Wear sunscreen. On a long trip, the sun can be pouring into the windows of a truck all day. Many drivers forget that just because they’re not at the beach doesn’t mean they aren’t being exposed to unhealthy rays from the sun. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin.

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