Back in 2011, the Canadian Government made the announcement that a 2.6 million dollar investment would made in order to determine why many truck drivers often have a shorter lifespan as compared to the average Canadian. It has been noted that the average Canadian lives 10 years longer than many truck drivers. Researchers at the University of Moncton have the complete support of the Atlantic Trucking Association to conduct a study in order to determine the reasons and to find methods to prevent a decrease in heir lives. The average truck driver is 45 years of age. There are more truck drivers over the age of 55 as compared to those under the age of 30.
The driver population statistics have been viewed and it is apparent that truck drivers are in need of healthier habits. The studies have shown that the long and sedentary hours may be contributing to a shorter lifespan for the average truck driver. Poor sleep habits tend to lead to an increase in stress for many drivers. The musculoskeletal system of a truck driver can get a lot of wear and tear due to many poor habits and their long hours. Many drivers are at a higher risk of developing diabetes too. Truck drivers tend to have a variety of health issues to contend with that come with their career. Many health issues can be prevented when drivers incorporate some extra healthy habits into their lifestyles.
Healthy Habits for Truck Drivers
Every truck driver has the opportunity to enjoy better health by incorporating some healthy habits and making a few changes in their life. include the following habits:
* acknowledge your back pain; it is not uncommon for drivers to set long hours and develop back pain. It is a good idea to stretch and strengthen back muscles. Do this often because this will reduce the pain
* get a better sleep routine in place; try to incorporate nightly routines. Reading for 15 minutes before bed can be relaxing and once you have a routine in place, stick to it
* incorporate weight training into your life; you can start with a ten minute warm up and then make it a habit to work out for 10 to 20 minutes every day. Consider investing in a set of dumbbells and keep them in your truck for daily use
* added walking; any chance you get, take a walk and get your body moving
* make your posture a priority; sit up straight and avoid slouching your shoulders
* ear plug and sunglasses; protection for the ears and eyes will benefit your long-term health
* incorporate a hobby into your schedule; while you’re on the road, find a hobby to add enjoyment and relaxation into your work day
* bring healthy food items in a cooler; keep quick healthy snacks in your truck. Fruits, cheese and crackers. Avoid fast foods when possible and add a salad to your meals