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No big surprise that perhaps the unhealthiest profession is truck driving. It’s not the exhaust from the truck; nor is it the long hours that really make these guys and gals be unfit. No, it is the fact that the job involves sitting for very long periods and then stopping at truck stops-where guess what? The selection basically involves fast food galore.

Even for the most sedentary desk worker, the opportunity exists to get up and take a few laps around the office. Try doing that while driving a long haul! And have you ever browsed the food choices at truck stops? No problem finding Cheetos, donuts or chicken fried steak. See if you can locate a fresh garden salad or steamed veggies.

The unfortunate result is that truck drivers are too often obese and out of shape. This in turn leads to a higher than average incidence of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes as well as a host of other obesity related issues.

Believe it or not, there is actually a movement afoot to change this depressing picture. Companies which hire these drivers would love to reduce their insurance premiums, as well as keep their drivers out of the hospital and on the road.

Drivers are being taught how to exercise regularly-perhaps just taking a 15 minute walk each shift. They are encourage to see their doctors regularly and quit smoking. Truck stops are just beginning to realize that healthy food is good business. Here and there you might find a few with some healthy choices.

The days of the obese, smoking and out of shape truck driver hopefully are numbered.  Who knows? The next time you fill up at that truck stop, you just might find a driver in tights running or perhaps doing a little yoga. You might also be able to order up  a veggie burger.

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  1. The Trucker

    Great article. Indeed the driver that won’t take care of his/her health has numbered days. As stated being unhealthy promotes an increase in incidents like stroke, heart attack, etc.

    This poses safety issues for drivers and travelers so stepped up measures have been taken to address driver health. A driver that has medical issues (they are mostly related to poor choices) can find themselves out of a job.

    As stated, there are more options than ever for drivers. No one should believe that because you become a trucker you are destined to become overweight and unhealthy.

    If this happens, it is because of poor choices not the fact that you are a driver. Most truck stops has fruits and salads that are as convenient as standing in line for a burger.

    Bananas and peanuts are as quick, salty and sweet as doughnuts and chips. (and I love doughnuts and chips,lol)

    We just have to face the reality that our choices have consequences.

    Some truck stops have even put gym equipment inside and other truck stops are working with a gym franchise to build facilities next door so that there is easy access and parking available for truckers.

    The movement in definitely on. I am an advocate for truckers being healthy. I was once 50 lbs heavier than desired and decided it was a time for a change. I loss it all and got back down to 200lb.

    Anyone else can also improve their situation once you decide you must do it to have the health that you desire. I give you my method of success here.
    http://www.lifeasatrucker.com/achieving-better-health-as-a-trucker.html

    December 15th, 2012 7:40 pm

  2. ERDoctor

    Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I encourage other truckers to follow in your footsteps, with healthy food choices and exercise.

    December 16th, 2012 12:21 am

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