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The Trucking Lifestyle: Stress, Health, & Exercise

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Your health in general is going to impact your success as a driver in no small way. The demands of the truck driving lifestyle require that drivers be on top of their game at all times.

The way you handle stress, the types of foods you eat, your level of physical activity, and the amount of sleep you get will all have an influence on how well you are able to perform your duties as a truck driver.

Will I have to deal with a lot of stress as a truck driver?

There's no question that drivers are under a lot of stress, constantly. From making sure that their vehicle is in tip-top shape, to managing their hours correctly, making deadlines, getting enough sleep, safely operating the truck, and navigating legal and regulatory hurdles, truck driving can be about as stressful a job as there is.

Most of a drivers success will depend on how they handle the lifestyle and deal with the stress of trucking. You have to learn to "roll with it", or you won't last long as a truck driver.

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What kinds of health concerns do truck drivers face?

Industry-wide, the overall health of the drivers has been a problem pretty much forever. Most common are issues such as obesity, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. As in civilian life, poor diets and lack of exercise are the main factors contributing to poor overall health.

Will I be able to get exercise on the road?

Where there's a will, there's a way. Short answer is yes, most drivers can find time to get some exercise, inside the truck and out. One popular way that many truckers get exercise is by running or walking around the truck or the parking lots. Small weight sets, kettle bells, or resistance bands will allow you to work out inside the vehicle, if necessary or preferred.

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