Exercising more, learning a new hobby, and eating better are all common resolutions people try to stick to. Truck drivers are no different, but our lifestyle on the road makes finding resolutions, let alone sticking to them that much harder.
1. Drink lots of water.
It’s so easy to opt for sugary drinks, coffee, energy drinks or anything else loaded with caffeine when you are picking something to drink at the truck stop or gas station. However, these drinks will take their toll on your body. Water is so much better for you. It will keep you hydrated and help you stay at neutral energy levels rather than the highs and lows that come with so much sugar and/or caffeine. Make a point to drink more water and you will feel better on the road.
2. Improve your physical activity.
It’s no secret that long hours in a truck can be tough on your body. You are sitting in one basic position for hours at a time, so make it a point to stretch and look for any opportunity to get a little extra physical activity. Park further away from truck stops to get a little more walking in. Do a few laps around your truck every time you stop. Take the time to stretch out your legs, arms, neck and back whenever you can to avoid getting super stiff.
3. Take care of your eyes.
Long hours on the road can also be brutal on your eyes. Be sure to get your eyes checked every year and wear your glasses or contacts if recommended for driving. Wear sunglasses on bright days to prevent UV damage. Put in eye drops from time to time in order to keep your eyes hydrated and refreshed.
4. Eating Healthy
I know what you’re thinking. Eating healthy is everybody’s New Year’s resolution! That being said, it is for a good reason. Healthy eating for a truck driver is definitely challenging but also doable (with a bit of will-power and planning). Luckily, restaurants, fast food chains, and even some rest stops have shifted towards healthier options and if you plan ahead, you can avoid them altogether. Make a goal of pre-packing snacks and make little changes to improve your diet. Here are some ideas:
- Don’t skip breakfast!
- Pack protein bars – they are a quick and healthy fix!
- Stay away from refined sugars.
- Plan ahead and bring healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, vegetables, and even beef jerky or pepperoni.
- Less soda, more water.
5. Learn a new hobby
Along with loneliness, boredom is also something that drivers can experience. Finding things to listen to can be enough for some, but many are looking for new things to dedicate their time to. Try finding something to fill your downtime that isn’t something you typically do. Take up photography, learn to knit, or find new recipes to try out are just some options for venturing into new territories.
6. Prioritize safety
Prioritize safety and be proactive with your truck’s maintenance. It never hurts to get everything looked over, and get into the habit of doing it yourself more often. While you’re at it, quiz yourself on the safety procedures for pre and post inspections.