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Being an HGV Driver: Haulage and health

12/09/18 | Advice & Guidance, Drivers

The stereotype of a fat and unhealthy trucker is wrong and offensive, but it’s not secret that the long hours sat behind the wheel can take its toll on your body and mind. Common illnesses amongst lorry drivers include stress, anxiety, diabetes and obesity – not to mention the back issues that driving can cause.

Staying healthy on the road can be difficult – you don’t have much space or equipment and the convenience of unhealthy foods can be tempting.

Planning for your health is incredibly important, after all 29% of drivers admitted falling asleep at the wheel and health is a major factor in this.


Making a simple change

Set yourself a goal to be healthy, don’t forget to include what that means to you. Does that mean being healthy enough to play with your kids for years to come or to be healthy enough to keep on driving?

Make your goals achievable and set a routine around these. Goals like exercising everyday whilst on the road, performing stretches each day and eating fruit instead of sugary snacks are all great starting points.


Simple exercises

Performing simple exercises everyday when you’re on the road can help to fight off back issues, diabetes and obesity. In 15 minutes you could do a workout that will keep you fit, healthy and improve your sleep.

Focusing on a few exercises like squats, push-ups and lunges can boost your metabolism, improve your circulation and improve fitness in general. While exercises like crunches, focusing on your core will help to alleviate back issues.

There are many changes you can make to lead a healthier lifestyle on the road – it just takes a little bit of planning and a lot of willing from you. We will keep looking at hints and tips next time, but in the meantime check out our post on claiming expenses now you’re eating more healthy options.


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