Wouldn’t it be nice if you could switch up sitting and standing while cruising down the road? Well, since standing is NOT an option, here are some ways to get moving.
Truck driving poses a challenge when it comes to physical activity. Lack of movement negatively affects your health more than you might think. So what can you do to improve this phenomenon?
What about when you are going down the road? You can get moving then, too. Move your arms and tap your feet (one at a time of course. LOL). Get some hand weights. Tense up your muscles one at a time, hold that position, and release. You might find some muscles that you didn’t know you had.
Here are some other ideas:
To help tone your stomach, pull in your stomach muscles as far as possible and hold, then release.
Put your arms in the upper or lower hulk position, tense, hold, then release.
Stretch (you know, the way we used to do every morning when we were kids).
Firm those glutes. Anywhere, anytime you can tighten up your gluteal muscles, hold them and then release.
Sit up straight. Pull your shoulders back, lift your head up, and take a deep breath.
When you get out of the truck to fuel, eat, drop, or unload, make the most of it. If you don’t have to help with the load, ask if you can walk around their lot. Who cares what people think! Another idea is to exercise or just walk around right outside the truck. Find stairs, or even just a step (all you need is one). Start off with the right leg, using it first to go up then down, then after a repetition of 10 or 20, switch legs.
If you are sitting on the bunk, get a pillow, or use your coat balled up, place it between your knees and press toward each other as hard as you can, hold, and release.
Breathing exercises are so beneficial, too. Many of us take very shallow breaths and are not getting the oxygen load that we need. Using your diaphragm, breathe in slowly and deeply, until you can’t get another breath, then let it out slowly.
By no means is this everything you can do to increase your activity level, but it sure is a good start.
Get moving, get healthy!
This is not in any way to be medical advice. It is up to you to do what you are capable of doing and stay safe.