A recent study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 69% of long-haul truck drivers were obese, with 17% being morbidly obese. They are considered the highest risk for chronic health issues of any occupational group. If you are in the trucking business, it is important to keep your truckers safe on the road. That includes keeping them safe from not only road hazards, but from heart attacks, strokes, fatigue, and anything else that could be detrimental to their health while driving.
A long haul trucker named Siphiwe Baleka shared his tips to keeping fit in an interview with Mens Health magazine recently. Here are some things you can share with your truckers at the next meeting:
- Exercise at least 15 minutes every day. No excuses.
- Maintain 75-85% maximum heart rate throughout these daily workouts to maximize your time and fat burning.
- Make your exercises total body workouts, working multiple muscle groups simultaneously.
- Eat at least 20 grams of fast acting protein within 30 minutes of working out every time.
- Don’t let yourself get hungry. Eat breakfast and then eat something healthy every three hours to prevent binging later.
- Keep only healthy snacks available on your truck.
- Make yourself accountable for your health. Log your food and exercise to see how you are doing.
Give incentives for them to keep themselves healthy. Maybe you can run a “biggest loser” pool or have a prize for the most exercise logged in a week. Let your drivers know you are concerned about their health and safety.
For more information and helpful tips, check out the article in Mens Health about long haul truckers and obesity through this link. And of course, call us with any questions about long haul trucker insurance.