Truckers invariably spend long hours sitting while on the job. While there are numerous articles outlining the effects of sitting behind a desk all day, sitting in the cab of a truck can have similar effects on your health as well. You can minimize these effects to enjoy a healthier trucking lifestyle by taking simple steps to give your body a break as you drive.
Health Concerns Linked with Sitting
Too much time spent sitting has been linked to numerous chronic health conditions. A recent study found that remaining seated for a period of four or more hours per day increased the risk of developing conditions that include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Individuals who spent six or more hours per day sitting were at further risk of developing diabetes, which is often linked to excess weight gain. In addition to these chronic health concerns, sitting for long periods of time can also cause sleepiness, which can lead to drowsy driving, poor road awareness, and even periods of microsleep behind the wheel.
Reducing Your Risk
There are many ways you can reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases associated with excess time spent sitting. Whenever possible, pull over after every few hours of driving to get out of the cab and walk a few laps around your truck; you should also walk around every time you stop for gas or food. A few simple stretches can help improve circulation and flexibility every time you stop: leg swings, squats, and clamshells are easy moves you can perform inside or outside your cab to keep loose and limber. Additionally, modifying a few desk exercises for your cab can help offset the risks associated with long periods of immobility behind the wheel.
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