Wellness Challenges for Professional Women Truck Drivers
Professional truck drivers have the challenge of balancing health and wellness while on the road.
It can be difficult to find healthy food options or the time to exercise daily. The pandemic didn’t make it any easier. The reduced access to restaurants, gyms, friends and family added more stress on everyone. It also made it harder to prioritize physical and mental wellness. Here are a few wellness challenges for professional women truck drivers in todays world.
A recent Women in Trucking Webinar highlighted five health issues facing women drivers:
- Heart disease
- Breast and cervical cancer
- Respiratory disease
So what can professional drivers do to address some of the health concerns among many women drivers?
According to Dr. John McElligott drivers should laugh, meditate, breathe, stop smoking, maintain a healthy weight, exercising daily and eating healthy.
Moving often (when able) will help prevent some of the top issues. Daily exercise will also make you feel good and refreshed as you get back on the road.
While it is difficult to go to health appointments while on the road, it is recommended to schedule doctor appointments during your home time. It is important to take care of yourself and address any health risks.
Health and wellness are important topics to everyone but they can be extremely challenging to maintain in the trucking industry. Making minor changes such as drinking more water can make a huge difference for your physical and mental health down the road.