Truckers Health

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Karl A.'s Comment
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So I am wondering what the people who stay in good shape while out otr do.. Diet, exercise etc

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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So I am wondering what the people who stay in good shape while out otr do.. Diet, exercise etc

In a word.... YES. Let me say first that truck drivers are unhealthy by choice. I don't mean medical problems that comes with age. I mean the 400 lbs drivers we have all seen. People say they have no choice but to eat the trash in truck stops and I say BS. Walmart is everywhere and many of them allow truck parking so there is simply no excuse not to eat healthy if you really want to.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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So I am wondering what the people who stay in good shape while out otr do.. Diet, exercise etc

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In a word.... YES. Let me say first that truck drivers are unhealthy by choice. I don't mean medical problems that comes with age. I mean the 400 lbs drivers we have all seen. People say they have no choice but to eat the trash in truck stops and I say BS. Walmart is everywhere and many of them allow truck parking so there is simply no excuse not to eat healthy if you really want to.

Proper weight is debatable, but, for the sake of not being a road hazard, guy is right on.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Richard D.'s Comment
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A jog around the truck after you finish your pre trip, in route and post trip inspection will keep the beetus away.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The two biggest things are eating the right amount of the healthiest food you can find out there and getting a little exercise. You can easily stock a cooler with lunch meats, yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, and some fruit and keep some dry foods in storage like soups and granola bars. That's healthy and saves you money compared with buying meals in the truck stop.

Besides eating right I used to go jogging regularly and I had a set of 60 pound dumbbells with me also. Today I would recommend resistance bands instead of weights because they're far more convenient to have in the truck.

Karl A.'s Comment
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Haha keep the bettus away? and proper weight is debatable haha.. HEY BRETT these uhmm resistance bands your talking about, I have never used them before.. Can you really get a good work out in with them? Are they more for like toning or can you build mass with them as well?

Attila's Comment
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Staying healthy is one of the more difficult parts of this job. Far from impossible though. There are some things I do. First I have a jump rope and use it on pre trips, fuel stops, live loads/unloads, I have those grip workout tools, which has given me a monster handshake, finally I take long walks when there is down time. Guy went over most the food part. Walmart has basically all the food types you need to eat right.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jolie R.'s Comment
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Haha keep the bettus away? and proper weight is debatable haha.. HEY BRETT these uhmm resistance bands your talking about, I have never used them before.. Can you really get a good work out in with them? Are they more for like toning or can you build mass with them as well?

Resistance bands are incredible! I bought a set that you can change the amount of weight by combining different bands together. They can in a convenient carrying bag and will fit just about anywhere!

Hemingway's Comment
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Haha keep the bettus away? and proper weight is debatable haha.. HEY BRETT these uhmm resistance bands your talking about, I have never used them before.. Can you really get a good work out in with them? Are they more for like toning or can you build mass with them as well?

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Resistance bands are incredible! I bought a set that you can change the amount of weight by combining different bands together. They can in a convenient carrying bag and will fit just about anywhere!

Not to mention, with a bit of creativity, you can duplicate a number of free-weight lifting exercise. This is site I came across while trying to develop a program I can do in or around the truck. Click here to got to greatest.com. While this article was written by a woman for women. The program can give you some creative uses for the bands.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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HEY BRETT these uhmm resistance bands your talking about, I have never used them before.. Can you really get a good work out in with them?

You certainly can. I've never owned any but I've tried them out and they'll definitely work.

I'm not on the road anymore so I have room at home to exercise. I like bodyweight training. I use a combination of floor exercises and hanging exercise straps to do exercises based purely on your own bodyweight. Lifting weights just bores me to death for some reason so I don't do it anymore. Plus I raise a few animals and heat with firewood so I'm doing at least some heavy lifting and carrying every day which helps also.

I used to do a ton of jogging for cardio but I stopped doing that. Instead I work cardio into my strength training routine now and that's far more effective for overall fitness. With jogging you're only building endurance into certain muscle groups. Working cardio into strength training will build endurance throughout your body.

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