Life as a trucker involves significant time spent in your cab as you drive your truck to your destination. However, many hours spent in the driver’s seat can affect your health if you do not take steps to exercise on the road. Keep reading to discover a few simple in-cab activities you can perform to keep your body fit and healthy throughout your career as a trucker.
The backs of the arms are a trouble spot for many truckers. Triceps extensions can be performed with or without handheld weights while you are sitting in the cab of your truck. Sit up straight and raise one arm over your head, then bend it at the elbow so your hand is by your shoulder while your elbow remains raised. Slowly raise your forearm until your arm is straight, keeping your elbow stationary. Start with only a few triceps extensions on each side and increase the number of repetitions as your arms get stronger.
Plank exercises are a great way to build overall muscle strength, tone, and endurance. These exercises are also easy to perform in your cab. Before your get out of bed, roll over onto your stomach. Raise your body onto your elbows and toes, keeping your stomach in and your back straight. Hold this pose for 60 seconds, working your way up to longer intervals as your fitness increases.
Crunches work your abdominal muscles, which also help to support the spine and reduce back pain. You can perform crunches in your bed or across the seat of your cab. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head and lift your shoulders using only your abdominal muscles. Avoid pulling on the head or neck with your hands.
Becoming a trucker opens a number of doors to new destinations and an independent lifestyle. If you would like more information about CDL training in Phoenix, call Phoenix Truck Driving Institute at (877) 205-5372 or check out our online information about admissions and financial aid.