A fresh start is something that we all need – a clean slate and a new beginning. It’s like a breath of fresh air when we seem to be running on fumes. It is a time to take one step forward, disregarding yesterday’s 5 steps backwards. At the tick of a second, we can challenge ourselves to new goals, to change the things we’ve always wanted. With the beginning of a new year, we can create something new within ourselves that drives us to who we want to be.
When making our New Years resolutions, it is pretty common for getting fit to be at the top of the list. Well, for 43% of us that made resolutions this past year (according to statisticsbrain.com). If “getting fit” is at the top of our list each year, why does it always seem to be the first to go?
In 2014, a study was released showing that 69% of truck drivers were obese. The long hours, the ease of fast food and the sedentary lifestyle promotes this diagnosis. Life on the road definitely isn’t easy and considering health on the road is an even greater level of challenge. However, we should not settle for this excuse, as there is so much more at stake. It was released in a Gallup-Healthways analysis that transportation workers are the occupational group with the greatest risk for chronic heath problems. With great consequences at stake, it is time to consider ourselves and what we are doing with our bodies. Not because health is the sole purpose of our lives, but because it is the “vehicle to connect with all the things that give meaning in [our] life” says Lisa Grant, University of Wisconsin Health physician.
Thanks to Men’s Health magazine discussion with a trucker who feels passionate about this issue, we have 7 tips for life on the road that might give some guidance on the next steps to take for making health on the road a bit more tangible.
1. Exercise 15 minutes a day.
Nothing serious here – just enough time to get your heart rate and metabolism up and at ‘em. Pushups, lunges, squats, cardio – it can all be done. Check out the links posted below for your jump-start guide.
– Requiring minimal space and equipment, these 13 workouts will help you get the results you are wanting:
– Exercises to do inside your truck:
– Follow this 17-minute workout video for some motivation:
2. Break a sweat.
By maximizing your heart rate through an intense workout, you maximize your fat burn and your time.
3. Work more muscle than one at the same time.
Total body workouts are efficient and lead to quick results.
4. Eat after your workout.
Protein, that is. Research tells us that 20 grams of fast acting protein eaten post workout is best for building muscle. Whey protein is the way to go.
5. Eat breakfast.
And then every 3 hours. This slows down hunger, preventing binging. Getting fit doesn’t mean less food – just more of the right ones.
6. Healthy snacking.
Always have healthy snacks on hand, reducing the need to stop and get junk.
7. Log your fitness and nutrition.
You’re definitely used to the logging – one more thing can’t hurt wink
Let this be the year of strength – the year of pushing ourselves to greater heights. Not because we are supposed to, but for our bodies, our families, our friends and, most importantly, ourselves.