Healthy Living Tips For Long-Haul Drivers
(April 2019) Long-haul drivers spend much of
their time on the road, away from the conveniences of home. One challenge this
creates is having to go without the health benefits that are not available
during long-haul trips. Drivers need to find creative ways to supplement
home-cooked meals, fitness facilities, and other health related amenities of
home. So how can drivers stay healthy while on the road?
An important part of staying
healthy during trips revolves around maintaining a healthy diet. Being mindful
of the quantity and nutritional value of the food consumed while on the road is
key in staying healthy. Cutting out or minimizing the intake of fatty foods and
stimulants is also important when planning your diet. Although convenient, junk
food and excessive caffeine intake can cause weight gain and have negatives
effects on energy levels long term.
Exercise is another key component
of staying healthy while on the road. Investing in weights, foldable bikes, or
other compact exercise equipment can be a great way to meet exercise goals and
can also help de-stress from the work day. If space is limited or financial
restrictions exist, going for a walk or jog can also be a great way to clear
your head and stay in shape.
Because sleep plays a large role in
regulating mood, hunger, and energy levels, having a consistent rest schedule
is another vital contributor to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Being
well-rested also contributes to driver safety. Staying vigilant and avoiding
drowsiness during trips is a necessity for all long-haul drivers. Investing in
a comfortable sleep area is essential in ensuring drivers are healthy, well
rested, and able to focus on the road.
Midland is committed to providing
our drivers with the support needed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Our
knowledgeable Health and Wellness Team provides health related guidance and
resources to all employees. Support from third-party health focused
organizations is also at the disposal of our drivers through human resources
partners such as Morneau Shepell. This investment in employee well-being results
in more productive, safe, and happy Midland drivers.