It’s already week two in the Healthy Fleet Challenge and competition for the top spot has been fierce.
After two full weeks into the competition, the goal of 25,000 miles for the month of July is in sight as competitors literally stepped it up this week and moved well past the halfway point. Combined, all participants have logged close to 29 million steps totaling 14,416 miles. This means the Healthy Fleet Challenge may end early as competitors only need 10,584 more miles until they reach the finish line (and walk around the world)!
After what can be assumed to be an exhausting week, Coastal Pacific Xpress’ 14-person team has secured its first place position with an average of 12,272 steps. Together the company has accumulated more than 1,600 miles and burned almost 150,000 calories so far this month.
After two weeks, Elgin’s two-person team has catapulted from fourth to second place with an average of 11,115 steps for the week. Combined Elgin has walked 186 miles and burned more than 17,000 calories.
Falling from second place last week, Prime Inc.’s 10-person team is in third after averaging 10,417 steps this week. Together, Prime Inc. has walked almost 1,000 miles and burned more than 90,000 calories.
Meyers is in fourth place this week logging 10,144 steps on average. Meyers has a 15-person team who together have walked more than 1,200 miles and burned nearly 112,000 calories.
Still in fifth place is Henderson Trucking. Its 15-person team averaged 9,762 steps this week. Combined the company has walked more than 1,100 miles and burned more than 103,000 calories.
If you’re a driver competing and you find it hard to log more steps in your day-to-day Melodie Champion, fitness trainer, says to use your truck and trailer to your advantage.
Walking 32 laps around your tractor-trailer is equal to one mile and will only take the average person 20 minutes to do. Melodie says to begin and end your walk with a relaxed pace to warm up and cool down your muscles before and after a long day of driving. Proper footwear and comfortable clothing will help as well.
If this gets too easy, try adding step-ups to your routine or walking for a few minutes longer everyday.
Sonia Straface is the associate editor of Truck News and Truck West magazines. She graduated from Ryerson University's journalism program in 2013 and enjoys writing about health and wellness and HR issues surrounding the transportation industry. Follow her on Twitter: @SoniaStraface. All posts by Sonia Straface