In life, staying healthy is a priority. Not just for truckers who have to stay on the road for hours on end, but for everybody else as well. As a trucker, you’ll need to spend hours on the road, and this can result in you picking up a few bad habits that could impact your health negatively.
However, if you have resolved to stay healthy, there are things you can do to stay steadfast in your healthy living resolution. Here are useful techniques that can help you reinforce your healthy habits on a consistent basis this year.
Keep it Simple
Ok. So you’ve decided to improve or maintain your health using organized plans, right? That is perfect! Next, you need to keep it simple. It is possible to have a long list of do’s and don’ts without actually recording success.
Lengthy to-dos have the tendency to discourage you seeing as you may be driven to observe them to the “letter.” So, choose one activity at a time. It just could be something as simple as working out for 15 minutes at the truck stop or consistently drinking water instead of soda while driving. Whatever you do, be sure to make it simple and actionable.
Have A Back-Up Plan
Most resolutions require some behavioral adjustment. When you decide to keep fit and healthy, you may need a backup plan should in case you are tempted to “relapse” to unhealthy habits.
Dr. Ian Newby-Clark, a psychologist at the University Of Guelph, Canada, asserts that the human will power is limited and lacks the vigor to withstand many resolutions at a time. What that implies is that we could fail because we have “too many irons in the fire” of healthy living.
Since there’s always the tendency to “relapse”, consider having an alternative plan. For instance, you could eat more crunchy foods like celery and carrots instead of filling up on chips, take natural supplements to ensure sleep at night instead of lots of sleeping pills.
There are moments when intimating friends and colleagues of your resolution to stay healthy can be very helpful. This “social pressure” technique can help you stay focused and motivated. Fellow truckers or friends will normally encourage you or mock you as the case may be when they observe a good compliance or derailment from your resolutions respectively. This should get you fired up!
It might interest you to know that this “social pressure” technique has been proven to help keep individuals avoid the adoption of unhealthy habits.
Stick to the Plan
With focus and determination, living a well-balanced, fulfilled and healthy life as a trucker is possible. Apart from the reward of income as a trucker, your contributory role to the world via your healthy habits and attitude can help people see truckers as more than just “obese, dirty people”. It can make people see the trucking profession as one to be respected.
Sticking to the plan involves setting attainable goals and making a plan of action for them. You may want to break down your goals to a daily, weekly, or monthly regiment as well as specify one thing or activity to do on a consistent basis that helps you reach that goal. So, set your eye on the prize and focus on the overall good. This will give you the necessary motivation you need. When you stick to the plan, staying healthy becomes fun.
The writer of this article, Oscar King, is a health blogger with a focus on trucker health. It goes without saying that, beyond the obvious personal benefits, truckers need to stay healthy to maintain their careers. For those who find themselves needing to get their regular physical taken care of he highly recommends visiting driverphysicals.com to find a DOT qualified physician near you. If you want to learn more about Oscar you can visit on Google+.