If you’re a CDL driver, you already know that traveling long distances is part of the job. However, because the nature of your job is mostly sedentary and concerned with saving time, it can contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle.
At TQM Logistics, we understand that remaining healthy isn’t just vital to your well-being—it’s also essential for long-term success and sustainability in your career. If you want to stay at the top of your game, add focus, energy, and prevent burnout, then follow these three simple and straightforward tips:
- Eat Healthy on the Road
Although they may cut time and increase efficiency, rest stops can be detrimental to your nutrition because of the types of fast food they typically offer. Instead, consider driving to a grocery store; most will have sufficient parking for large vehicles.
If you’re really pressed for time, you can even find nutritious foods at gas stations and convenience stores. Items like pre-washed salad or pre-cut fruit are terrific options.
- Exercise and Stay Active
Driving for a significant part of the day can make it difficult to squeeze in time for exercise. However, it’s critical to make sure you’re taking care of your physical fitness. One inexpensive option is to carry a pair of running or training shoes. Simply getting some quick exercise during your lunch break or at a rest stop can help keep you limber and give you some much-needed cardiovascular activity.
It’s crucial to be committed to your exercise plan, especially as the colder weather rolls in. The holiday season, shorter days, and inclement conditions can all create obstacles to staying healthy, so it’s imperative to stick to your plan.
- Prevent Mental Burnout
Occasionally, miles and miles of seemingly endless trees, roads, and signs can become monotonous, distracting, or even cause you to lose focus. And while fatigue is a normal reaction to issues like lack of sleep, stress, or a change to your sleep/wake cycle, it creates dangerous conditions for you and the other drivers around you.
By varying up your driving routine, you can stay alert and focused. For instance, try listening to audiobooks or podcasts to keep you engaged and learning about subjects you’re interested in.
Another great way to stay sharp on the road is to learn a new language by listening to instructional audio while you’re driving. You don’t need to become fluent in a foreign language, but knowing a few key phrases in another language could help you communicate while on the road, or even with coworkers.
At TQM Logistics, we care about your safety. By following these guidelines, you’ll increase focus, energy, alertness, and maintain healthy habits during your next trip.
For more information on our services, please call us at 866-823-4519 today.