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A lot of truck drivers out there struggle with maintaining the same level of energy throughout the route they have to drive, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. It would only be natural to start feeling the effects of fatigue after driving a couple of hundreds of miles, but don’t worry, there are ways to beat this mild demon any day of the week!
In this post we will give you tips on healthy habits you can start implementing in your daily routine and you will notice an increase in your stamina levels in no-time. Remember, making lifestyle changes is a commitment that you have got to stick to, and it might take a little time to get settled and adjusted to your new healthy habits. Let’s get started.
Smoking? No smoking!
If you are a smoker, you should probably go ahead and quit. Smoking is a buzz kill, not only for non-smokers who hate to inhale second-hand smoke, but it is extremely harmful to yourself. The toxins in cigarettes actually heighten your heart rate. You think you feel more relaxed, or you would feel more awake after smoking a cigarette, but you don’t.
Take a Nap Now and Then
Obviously not while you are behind the wheel,please! If you feel tired, your body is telling you that it needs to reboot. Not with food and energy drinks and sugar or any other stimulants, but actual rest. Pull over, and take a couple of minutes just to rest your eyes and reboot. You will be surprised by how much more energy you will have when you get started again.
Adopt Healthier Eating Habits
Your eating habits have a direct influence on your body’s output and energy levels. If you are going to eat a lot of oily carbs and an overload of cheese or too much of anything for that matter, you will probably be more inclined to feel drained and tired more often than others with healthier eating habits. Instead of buying a pizza and coffee or a piece of pie at the next truck stop, why not pack a lot of healthy fresh snacks like chopped up fruit and veg and maybe a bit of nut. Cutting out meat is also not a bad idea. Moderation and balance is the key here.
Get Some Exercise
Even though it could be difficult if you are running a tight schedule, you simply have to start making time for exercise. This is crucial for your body to energize and generate the necessary amounts of endorphins to get you going. If you are not fond of exercising, start out by joining a group, maybe get a couple of your truck driver buddies to join you at the gym even if it is only for 45 minutes a day. And stick to it, keep to the routine no matter how hard it gets! You will definitely start noticing an increase in your energy levels and stamina within the next couple of weeks.
Chew Your Bubble Gum
This might not be a healthy option, but it certainly helps drivers keep alert and awake for very long drives. Be sure you have a pack of gum on hand just in case your routine hasn’t kicked in your increase in energy levels yet. The motion of chewing the gum apparently causes an increase in alertness and circulation.
Learn How to Meditate
If you can put away some time in the evening and the morning to have a meditation session, there is no reason why you should not start doing it straight away! The benefits of meditation are rather commonly known, but there is no reason why truck drivers should not benefit from this as well. Expect an increase in concentration, experiencing newfound levels of happiness, and of course an improvement in your cardiovascular and immune health. There is no reason for you to not try it out right away.
Drink More Water
We’ve mentioned this in another post too, so it is pretty much an important point to consider. Dehydration can cause a decrease in your stamina and energy levels if you are lucky. If you are really dehydrated the effects can be serious – hospital serious. Always be sure to keep lots of water with you in the cab while on the job and having easy access to it for regular sips.
Did you know that having good posture and sitting up straight can increase your alertness? That’s right, next time your out on a job, make sure that your truck driving seat is set up perfect to promote blood circulation, and sit up straight behind that wheel now! If you should feel stiff and uncomfortable, move around in the seat or stop and take a proper stretch.
Smarter Meal Plans
Planning your meals ahead will go a long way. It is important to never skip breakfast, make sure its packed with loads of protein and you should be good to go. Then, it is advisable to pack your meals, check with your carrier if they have cool boxes that they give to drivers then you can easily plan your healthier meals and snacks ahead. The idea is to have 7 smaller meals per day, than 3 big ones. Stack up on fruits and veg while laying off chips and crisps.
Hop into a Hobby of Sorts
Get something you can do that you are excited about, whether it is learning a new language, finishing all the top classic novels of all time, or collecting stamps from all the states and towns you drive through. Whatever your choice, a hobby is a good thing to keep your mind going and your spirits up. The reason why we have included this tip is that hobbies reduce stress, and will help you relax before you go to bed, ensuring a decent night’s sleep.
We hope you have found these pointers helpful and that you will start on your new habits quickly and easily. Remember that adjusting your lifestyle is a process, you should not get discouraged if it is not working instantaneously. If you would like to read more on exercises for truck drivers specifically, we’ve found this really cool resource chockfull of great tips.