Keeping fit is a constant challenge for drivers (and writers)

It’s no secret that professional drivers are generally not the fittest of folks. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but it’s not easy to stay in shape when you spend long hours behind the wheel and the most convenient meal options are the truck stop buffets.
It’s not much easier as a truck journalist, I often contend. The job involves a fair bit of travel, some long days and many meals on the road. My own fitness regime involves long stretches of inactivity followed by months of intense training. When active, boxing is my activity of choice; I have a deep appreciation for both the physical and mental aspects of the ‘sweet science.’
Regardless of the type of work you do, it’s important to maintain some degree of physical activity. Thankfully, many fleets are making it easier for their drivers to do just that. Some are installing gyms in their terminals. Others are providing incentives for weight loss and subsidizing physical activities. Doing so is a win-win situation. The carriers help lower their WSIB- and WCB-related claims costs and drivers enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. There’s no denying that when you’re physically active you feel better, have more energy and also are likely to extend your life expectancy.
Carriers I’ve spoken to that have launched an employee health program all say they have noticed an overall improvement in morale and productivity. It’s an excellent investment for employers.
As a driver, if you can find 30 minutes a day to exercise, you’ll undoubtedly feel a lot better. It could be something as simple as going for a walk or it could be a more rigorous workout. Gym equipment such as exercise mats, hand weights, skipping ropes etc. occupy very little cab space and can be used just about anywhere. The biggest challenge is finding the time and then getting into a routine.

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James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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