Long hours, sedentary lifestyles and few healthy options leave many drivers going down the road to poor health and potential diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. So what is to be done?
Making healthy choices is possible on the road. It just takes discipline and a determination to become and stay healthy. Here are some tips for getting started on the road to health.
Water – as hard as it may be, staying hydrated is so important for your health. Even mild dehydration can lead to fatigue, decreased mental sharpness, and loss of strength. If possible, you should drink half your body weight in ounces each day.
Sleep – The average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This is our bodies time to recover at the end of each day. If you are having difficulties falling or staying asleep you may want to have a sleep study done or talk with your health care provider about how to get better sleep. More information is available in our sleep apnea section.
Exercise – Regular exercise not only helps to keep weight in control, but helps with balance, strength, sexual health, bowel health and mental health. Exercise on the road is possible. Planned activities 3-5 times per week can help keep you in shape. Look at the exercise portion of the website for more information.
Diet – Making healthy choices on the road is possible. Start by switching out unhealthy snacks with things like vegetables, nuts, beef jerky and fruit. When eating on the road look for meals that are predominately protein and vegetables. Avoid eating meals with lots of carbs like potatoes, bread and pasta.
These simple tips won’t create health overnight but you will start feeling better soon. If you would like additional help reaching your healthy weight or would like to talk with a certified health coach for free, please send send us a message and we’ll get right back with you.Read More