Healthier Truck Drivers Wanted
We all know, particularly as we grow older, that we need to concentrate on getting and staying fit. But for a commercial truck driver sitting behind the wheel almost every daty, it is even more important that we watch our weight. We have blogged about eating healthier and carrying your own healthy snacks to save money, but now there is an even bigger reason to get and stay in shape - your job might depend on it!
As reported by by Jamie Stengle via the Associated Press:
"Every two years, they must pass a physical exam required by U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They're checked for conditions that might cause them to become incapacitated — suddenly or gradually — while driving, including severe heart conditions, high blood pressure and respiratory disorders."
"While there are no weight restrictions, a commercial driver who has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and isn't undergoing treatment will not get a medical certificate. Sleep apnea, more common among those who are overweight, leads to daytime sleepiness, a danger on long drives."
"But there are obstacles for truck drivers who are mindful of their health. In addition to being seated for many hours at a time, eating options are usually limited to places with parking lots big enough to accommodate their tractor-trailers — most often truck stops, which historically have not been known for wholesome food or workout equipment."
Even truck stops are getting in on the move to better fitness with some pretty interesting new percs.
"TravelCenters of America, which operates under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands, launched a program two years ago called StayFit that includes placing small, free gyms in truck stops, offering healthier eating options and half portions, mapping walking routes near truck stops and building basketball courts in some locations."
Let's all do our part to be healthier truck drivers. Your body will thank you, your family will thank you, and now even your employer will thank you.