5 Ways To Stay Healthy Over The Road

It's that time of the year again – flu season is ramping up, allergies are acting up, and everywhere you go, someone has the sniffles.

While it's important for everyone to consider their own wellness and physical health, it's especially important for those working in truck driving jobs to stay on top of this. Being away from home for days or weeks at a time make it easy to fall into unhealthy habits that can contribute to sickness on the road.

Here are 5 ways you can keep yourself healthy through this flu season:

1.    Wash your hands! The most basic way to stop sickness is to stop the spread of germs. Take caution when you're interacting with others on the road and wash your hands often. Avoid touching your mouth and nose, because germs on your hands can enter your body easily this way.

2.    Stock your truck with healthy items. Instead of fast food and truck stop fare, stop by fall produce stands or local grocery stores. If stored correctly, many of these items have a fairly long shelf life, which means you won't have to pick them up often. For example, you can pick up several pounds of freshly picked apples at an orchard for cents per pound and store them for up to a week – or longer if you can keep them in a cooled fridge.

3.    Take a walk. If you have some downtime, walk around somewhere. You can purchase a basic pedometer to track how many steps you walk to translate into distance. Get your heart rate up for a half hour or 45 minutes each day, and enjoy some time to yourself.

4.    Consider a vitamin regimen. Vitamins are great for everyone to incorporate into their days. While spending your time over the road, you might find that you can't always get important nutrients. Taking a vitamin each morning can help keep your body in top condition to fight off cold and flu.

5.    Rest! Trucking is a demanding job, but you need to keep yourself rested in order to do it safely and efficiently. If you overexert yourself, you'll put yourself at higher risk for illness. Stay comfortable and keep the right amount of sleep each night before you get behind the wheel.