How Has Trucking Effected Your Health?

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I wouldnt say trucking affects our health. Trucking makes it easy for us to make unhealthy decisions. Its easier to buy fast food from the truck stops. It is easier to just lay down in bed after our shift, vs choosing to get some physical activity. It is all about the decisions we make. We could all choose to make decisions that have a positive affect on our health, but this industry does make it easy to make unhealthy decisions.

Perfectly said. Regardless of our profession you need to make an attempt at eating healthy and exercising. I've gained some weight since I began driving but as Jonathan mentioned it's because I've CHOSEN to eat that crap and not exercise when I first started. After I cut back on the fast food, CHOOSING to get out and walk around while being loaded/unloaded it's helped and lost a little bit. I most times can't stand the taste of coffee. Dr pepper is my drink of choice. Well, Diet Dr pepper which many would argue is no better, maybe even worse, than regular. I'd usually stop within the first 30 minutes of my day to grab a fountain drink. I've gotten better in the last couple months, but I used to grab a donut or hot sandwich on my way to the fountain drink machine. It was even worse stopping at Kwik Star/trip because you had to walk past their sandwiches for a drink. Initially I just quit stopping there and id go up a few more miles to Kum & Go due to the temptation. Now I just pack an extra bottle from home. I also tend to stop at rest areas more frequently to avoid the temptation and save money.

Truck Driving gives the lazy (myself included) something to place the blame on rather than acknowledging their physical activity and diet are the problem.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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