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Workouts for Truck Drivers

There are a variety of health issues that are on the rise in the trucking industry. Obesity is one of those health risks and it can be avoided by truck drivers. Simple bodyweight workouts can help truck drivers stay in shape.

According to a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), long-haul truck drivers were twice as likely (69%) to be obese compared to the adult working population. Truck drivers are extremely essential to our economy so it is important to take their health and wellness seriously.

Fortunately, there are a variety of workouts that drivers can perform in the comfort of their trucks.

Here are a few “no equipment necessary” workouts that can be done to avoid obesity and other health risks:

  1. Pushups
  2. Planks
  3. Sit-ups
  4. Squats
  5. Lunges
  6. And more!

As we all know, truck drivers spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat. When stuck in a traffic jam or stopped at a red light, one simple exercise that drivers can do is stretching. Stretching can be very beneficial for stress relief and avoiding injury.

Here are a couple of stretches that are doable in the driver seat: 

  1. Shoulder stretches. Click here for a few examples and instructions.
  2. Hand stretches. Click here for simple hand and wrist stretches. 

Now, add some cardio to the mix! During downtime or in between loads, drivers can get moving by going on a walk or run. It is a simple way to stay in shape.

man touching his shoe before a run

These workouts for truck drivers are easy exercises that every driver can add to their routine. Combining bodyweight exercise with stretching and moving will help drivers reduce the risk of obesity. Commit to some sort of physical activity every day to feel better, reduce stress, and lead to a healthier lifestyle.

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