Focus on Exercise
Your drivers are busy folks and they may be thinking they don’t have the time or energy to exercise. But physical activity is critical for keeping energy levels up because it boosts circulation and improves heart health. Active bodies sleep more soundly because exercise helps with stress-management. And we all know that truck driving is a very stressful job.We also understand that it depends a lot on the load, the distance and when the load is due. FMCSA requires that if you plan to drive 11 hours in a day, you have to do it within a 14-hour window. Frequently, drivers don’t have time to take as many breaks as they need or want. Weather and traffic create unpredictability and some drivers will try to get as much of a long load behind them as they can, early on in the trip.
Despite these constraints, what drivers do during their breaks is what counts. Do they smoke and eat unhealthy food or do they exercise and make healthy food and beverage choices? What do you want them to do? Most would say they’d prefer their employees exercise and focus on a healthy lifestyle. These healthy habits will help them extend their working career. Exercise also helps them be more productive, alert and focused while they work. Drivers will benefit personally as well, having more energy to be with family and friends and to enjoy their hobbies and recreation. Both personal and work-related outcomes are heavily influenced by how drivers treat their bodies.
A variety of types of exercises can be done on the road – some inside the cab, others outside or inside an empty van – all with minimal or no equipment. And it’s best if drivers do a combination of cardio exercises (like running, walking or biking), strengthening, and stretching.
Download the ebook: Fighting Driver Fatigue: The Top 5 Wellness Strategies and share it with your drivers to discover exercises and other healthy habits that they can adopt on the road to keep them energized and less fatigued.