Truck drivers can tell you from experience how tough it can be to sit all day. In fact, research has shown that truckers are about twice as likely to be obese than the majority of other US workers. This high chance of obesity often stems from chronic disease risk factors, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. But even with a sedentary job that keeps you seated for long hours, there are steps you can take to improve your health.
It’s recommended that you stop every two to four hours for a short break, during which you should get out to stretch and maybe walk around for five to ten minutes. This is also a good chance to use the restroom, grab a coffee/snack and make any necessary phone calls, which you should refrain from making while driving.
Sodas, greasy chips and candy bars are easy to grab on the go, but they can pack on the pounds and put a strain on your heart health. Try to limit these sugary, fattening indulgences to no more than three times per week. Replace sodas with plain, fresh water. Not only is it better for your health, but it can actually curb your appetite (whereas sugary beverages can intensify your cravings).
When it comes to snacks, try making healthier choices. Replace those chips with trail mix and that candy bar with a granola bar. But at the same time, don’t be overly harsh on yourself. Allow yourself a few treats here and there, so long as most of your meals contain healthy ingredients.
It’s important to get moving during your down time. Take a nice, long walk or try some calisthenics when you wake up each morning. Introducing even a little bit of physical activity into your schedule can vastly improve your heart health and reduce some of those chronic disease risk factors we discussed earlier.
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