Enduring a long car ride can be exhausting and physically draining. Imagine driving a big rig that almost eliminates the possibility of fitting in physical activity with long working hours and endless periods of driving from destination to destination. While staying fit as a truck driver may seem impossible for some, others find it to be a difficult, yet attainable challenge.
Dietary and Fitness Challenges
Finding a truck driver who is physically fit and focused on following a healthy diet may seem impossible, but when one looks at John Drury they see that typical truck driver prototype does not always stand true. As a trucker and fitness instructor, John claims that it is not always easy to eat healthy and fit in exercise as a truck drive but it is possible. While losing weight through aerobics and a healthy diet was one of John’s biggest feats, he is now struggling to keep the weight off. Like the rest of America’s truckers (approximately 3.5 million), John finds it difficult to stay healthy while logging endless hours in a sitting position.
Healthy Eating Options
Since truck stops are exactly notorious for offering healthy, low-calorie meals, it can be difficult to find foods that aren’t fat-laden and sugar-ridden. Yet, many convenient stores and truck stops are now beginning to acknowledge the desire for healthier fare, incorporating fresh salads, sandwiches with lean meats, fruits & veggies, and low-fat dairy products amongst other carbohydrate-rich options. National trucker obesity rates have risen to over fifty percent, which is almost twice the national obesity rate. This statistic has identified the need for healthier food options and potential for exercise for those who are responsible for the transport of American goods on a national level.
Changes in Fitness Opportunities
Truck drivers for LTL freight in New Jersey and many other companies are now beginning to see advocates for personal health emerge in the big rig scene. In conjunction with Rolling Strong, a wellness company, Snap Fitness is in the process of opening gyms at truck stops on a national level. Located on I-20 in Dallas, the first 1,000 foot gym is set to make its appearance at the Flying J. For just $20 a month this gym offers truck drivers access to a wide array of cardio equipment and weight machines. In addition, their membership also grants them access to any of the 1,400 Snap Fitness facilities nationwide. So far, approximately 120 truckers have signed up to utilize this service.
Health and Wellness Goals
Since endless hours of driving can leave drivers little time for physician appointments, this program also offers truck side health evaluations which include weigh-ins, BMI measurements, and blood pressure readings. Printed workout manuals and access to a special internet channel that features travel-friendly workouts is also provided. In addition, at the end of the year a fitness kit for routines that can be completed in a truck cab will also be available.