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George G.'s Comment
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Hello all,

This is my first time posting, but most certainly not my first time around TT. Having browsed the site on and off for the last year and a half or so I figured it was time to sign up and post!

I have read in many of Daniel B's threads about his tea habits and healthier eating lifestyle. (Thanks for all the superb information Daniel!) One thing that has been staying with me is this, do any of you find it possible to keep any form of a fitness routine living life on the road?

David A.'s Comment
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Check out The Healthy Trucker for a ton of free tips and exercises for truckers. I'm not on a truck yet, but I'm already doing many of the routines on there.

DesertWarrior505 's Comment
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Yes I have started doing exercise atleast 15 minutes when I stop for my 30 minute break every day, and also when i get to shippers and receivers if the yard isnt super busy. Ill do laps around the truck and jumping jacks, squats usually during the 30 breaks and at receivers and the do pushups and upper exercises when at shippers. You just have to find and set a schedule and suck it up and do it. 15 minutes wont kill you for time or make you into a marathon runner but it for sure helps wake you up if you running full 12 driving shifts and or running late drives. People have given me funny looks at some stops but it doesnt bother me and I feel way better after getting it in a couple times a day. I run team so its harder to get out and do it as we dont stop much so those are my limited options for right now.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert McD.'s Comment
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Somebody submitted the same question a while ago: Excercise while trucking. I found it super useful. You might want to check it out. Alternatively, you can search keywords in the search bar up top. I do that when I have very specific questions. Also check out Daniel B's Biking thread if you haven't already. Super cool stuff there.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

George G.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I do remember seeing something about a fold up bike and something about a scooter. I dig the bike idea but the scooter.....well I'm 73 inches tall so I don't see that happening.

Has anyone ever witnessed a portable/collapsible/travel friendly bench? Perhaps some ideas as to a bench substitute? This is something I think I would get a great deal of use out of. After sitting for such extended periods of time I would have to do something moderate to high intensity.

Brings me to another question. Does anyone have a solution for an effective portable shower? I understand there are truck stop showers. I also understand you won't always get to a truck stop.

Thanks a ton everyone!

Sun King's Comment
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I do remember seeing something about a fold up bike and something about a scooter. I dig the bike idea but the scooter.....well I'm 73 inches tall so I don't see that happening.

Has anyone ever witnessed a portable/collapsible/travel friendly bench? Perhaps some ideas as to a bench substitute? This is something I think I would get a great deal of use out of. After sitting for such extended periods of time I would have to do something moderate to high intensity.

Brings me to another question. Does anyone have a solution for an effective portable shower? I understand there are truck stop showers. I also understand you won't always get to a truck stop.

Thanks a ton everyone!

You may want to consider a sponge bath over something like a solar shower. A sponge bath is basically getting a bowl, filing it up with water and wash your face, hair, and stinky parts. It would get me by for a day or two.

Regarding an exercise bench. If I end up going OTR I would do Body Weight Exercises. The link is a book, but there are a ton of resources on the internet. With the body weight exercises you would probably want a pad.

Not everybody recommends going with a fold up bike over a regular one. Again, If I go OTR, This bike is on my radar. This folds up pretty small and it is one gear. I don't want to have to mess around with multi-gear. I doubt this would be very comfortable for long rides, but for 4-8 mile round trip rides it would probably do just fine.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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