Truck driving is a unique lifestyle that can sometimes present certain challenges when it comes to maintaining your health. Knowing the most common health concerns faced by truck drivers can help you to stay healthy throughout your career.
Trucking requires long hours in the driver’s seat, putting drivers at risk for obesity. However, there are many ways to include healthy physical activities in your daily routine. Just 20-30 minutes of exercise each day, such as a walk around a rest stop or truck stop or some simple exercises in your cab, can help you avoid unnecessary weight gain. Plan out your meals and pack a cooler full of healthy snacks and plenty of water to avoid making less healthy meal choices when you get hungry on the road.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, accounting for more cancer diagnoses than all other cancers combined. The greatest risk factor for skin cancer is sun exposure, which can be difficult for truck drivers to avoid while sitting in the cab. Always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater on your face, neck, hands, and arms. Solar radiation can reach the Earth even on cloudy or winter days, so apply sunscreen every day regardless of the weather.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in America. Although being overweight can significantly increase your risk of a heart attack, age, family history, and diet also play an important role in heart disease. Exercising regularly and choosing healthy foods can help to lower your risk. It’s also important to know the warning signs of a heart attack—if you begin to feel unwell while driving, pull over immediately and call 911.
At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, our experienced instructors are here to help you attain a safe, healthy, and enjoyable career as a trucker. Our flexible CDL training and testing will provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed in the trucking industry. Visit our website or call us today at (877) 205-5372 to become our newest student!