Healthy Habits for a HGV Driver
As you all know, HGV Driving isn’t a 9-5 routine, and we can all fall down on healthy habits. The long shifts and unsociable hours mean it can be difficult to stick to a healthy eating and exercise routine. However a bit of discipline and forward thinking can keep your mind and body in shape whilst you’re out on the road.
You really are what you eat, and eating unhealthily over a long period of time poses significant health risks that can leave you feeling poor. Why not try to:
- Prep healthy sandwiches or a pasta bowl to prevent the temptation of stopping at a services.
- Snack on bananas, apples, carrots and fibre-filled cereal bars to keep your energy levels consistent.
- Don’t miss out on your 5-a-day. If you struggle to get fresh fruit and veg to eat, supplement your diet with daily vitamins.
- Stay hydrated. Buy a water bottle and fill it up at least twice in a day with water only to make sure you always have a drink to hand.
If you’re having to sleep at difficult hours or in the cab make sure you prepare your body for a deep sleep, which is essential for your overall health.
- Black out blinds if you’re sleeping in the day are essential for a deep sleep.
- Download a white noise app on your phone to induce a deep sleep and prevent being interrupted by external noises.
- Avoid caffeine at least 3 hours before you’re due to sleep, this will help you enjoy a fuller sleep.
- Measure your sleep patterns using an app or a fitness tracker and aim for your age brackets minimum requirement each night.
- Sitting down in the cab for long periods of time can take its toll on your weight, back and muscles. Incorporating at least 30 minutes exercise, 3-5 times a week into your day will leave you feeling healthier in body and mind.
- Many gyms are open 24/7, especially those in large towns or cities. Join one of these gyms and aim to go directly after your shift for just half an hour.
- Use your breaks and POA wisely. If you’re waiting around, why not go for a quick power walk (if it’s safe to do so). This will relieve tension and get your blood circulating.
Remember that routines and habits are built up over time, so don’t try to change everything at once. Incorporating a few of these tips into your daily routine could make a difference to your overall heath after just a couple of weeks. Why not pick one from each category and see how it improves your health and wellbeing.