According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), more than one third of American adults are obese, with truck drivers at an even greater risk for obesity due to the large amount of time they spend sitting behind the wheel as part of their job.
To help combat this problem, the trucking industry has implemented a number of offerings, including wellness programs, healthier menu items, and free exercise rooms for drivers. Many truckers are even bringing bicycles with them on the road or preparing their own lunches.
To further raise awareness for this issue, Progressive Insurance has proclaimed June as National Trucker Health Month, and turned to its experts to help truck drivers find solutions.
“One large problem facing truckers is a lack of healthy food options,” said Drew Bonsky, registered dietician at Progressive’s health center. “However, small swaps in eating habits like switching to water instead of soda can go a long way.”
Bonsky provided a list of easy swaps that truckers can make at rest stops, available here.
Laura Locker, a personal trainer and fitness center manager at Progressive, said exercise can be tough on the road.
“Truckers spend most of their day sitting down, and they don’t always have access to fitness facilities,” said Locker. “That makes it easy to fall out of shape, and before you know it, you’re unhealthy and have no idea how you got there. It can be difficult to jump back in, but with every little exercise you do you’re lapping everyone on the couch.”
Locker wrote an article that shows easy exercises you can do anywhere. That article, which can be found here, demonstrates bodyweight movements that don’t require a gym or equipment, and can be completed in just 10 to 15 minutes.