Driving all day might make your New Year’s resolution to get healthy seem like an impossible task. Sitting at the wheel, not having a gym nearby, and limited dining options are all daily realities for a typical road warrior.
To gather some strategies for putting those obstacles in your rear-view mirror, CalArk asked a couple of our drivers for the tricks and work-arounds they use to make healthy choices wherever the road takes them. Here are some of our favorites.
1. Bring it with you. When you have the chance to shop on your days off, stock up on fresh fruits or veggies that last a while. You might not be able to keep strawberries on hand, but an avocado or banana will stay fresh for days.
CalArk driver Chris invested in a freezer that he stocks with healthy frozen dinners. He then uses a power inverter and microwave to cook them. He thinks it’s worth what he paid for the set-up because it saves him the cost of restaurant meals and “the only person out here taking care of me is myself.”
2. Make better restaurant choices. Nick, another driver for CalArk, also makes food in his truck but has strategies for making better choices in a pinch when he ends up needing to eat out. Instead of going for a burger and fries, for example, he’ll buy “a healthier option like wraps or salads.”
Most restaurants and fast food chains offer nutritional information on their websites. It makes it easy to find the number of calories or amount of fat in any given item, helping you choose a tasty meal you’ll feel better after eating.
3. Move. While it seems almost too easy to be effective, walking is a simple way to get muscles working and calories burning. Nick walks laps around his truck while pumping fuel or waiting for a mid-trip inspection. Chris walks during his stops, too.
Both drivers say their food choices have saved them time and money on the road, not just calories. Chris is in excellent shape, and Nick has gone from a size 50 to 44 this year, with a goal of size 38 for Christmas 2018.
If you have fitness goals for this year, don’t let the difficulties of driving keep you from reaching for better health. These two guys show small shifts lead to big changes.
“Maintaining family relationships” was one of the top three challenges with personal issues given by company drivers in a Truckers News survey last year. Especially during the holidays, being a part of the daily lives of loved ones probably matters deeply to you.
Try New Ways to Connect
Have you driven there/done that once too often to want the headache of figuring out a new app? Why learn how Twitter works if you already use Facebook or get on Skype when you already know how to FaceTime? There are a couple of great reasons to experiment with apps you haven’t tried.
Make Connecting a Habit
If talking to loved ones is only a matter of getting in touch when you think about it, you might occasionally realize it’s been too long since the last time you spoke. If you then happen to call right as your Mom is walking into the grocery store, you’ll still miss the chance to catch up.
We know you already know this, but never use your phone or device while driving. Not only is it illegal, but also your safety matters much more to your friends and family than getting that text an hour earlier.
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Have you been feeling tired and can't seem to locate the cause? It may be because of lack of daily water intake? Take a moment to review below for a quick reference to reasons for staying hydrated and the recommended daily intake recommended for an average person daily.
If there are any questions pertaining to the article contact your physician with your questions pertaining to the how much water one should consume each day.
The following list is a quick summary of the importance of daily water consumption to both your health and your body:
Generally speaking, a good rule of thumb is to aim for EIGHT (YES 8) 8 ounces of water each day. More water will be needed if you’re physically active or in a hot environment.
Keep in mind that about 20% of our water intake comes from the food we eat. Foods like soup, melon, and tomatoes are high in water content, and this fluid counts toward our daily water intake.
If you’re having a hard time convincing yourself to drink more water, consider adding slices of lemon or lime to add a little flavor.
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