Sleep, Nutrition & Living Well On The Road
Let's find out what Tom had to say about staying fit and healthy on the road...
Q: Do you have any tips on how to get some sleep while you’re on the road?
A: My first partner and I got along great. The first month we talked to our DM and had “get to know each other” time. We only drove about 8.5-9 hours a day, per person. The other time we set aside just for sleeping. When you get used to the other person’s driving, sleeping becomes a little easier. Once you get done, get all your paperwork done as fast as you can. Do whatever you have to do to get it done. And stay away from soft drinks. Don’t drink pop or Gatorade before bed.
Q: What do you do to keep your energy up besides drinking caffeinated drinks like coffee and Mountain Dew?
A: Those things are pure sugar and caffeine. I tried an energy drink and all it did was make me jittery. I drink water, Kool-aid, stuff low in sugar. I exercise 15-20 minutes before I drive and I have no problems. I always exercise a little before I start driving again to keep the blood flowing.
Q: What do you like to do for exercise?
A: I have weights in my truck that I use. I also like to take a couple laps around the truck stop parking lot. Doing little things like this can really make a big difference.
Q: How about eating out on the road? What are some challenges and how do you handle them?
A: I try to watch what I eat, but it’s hard. That’s a good question. I try to eat healthy. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables but I still deal with weight gain here and there. It’s all about how much you eat. I try not to eat much. I mostly snack while I’m driving to avoid overeating.
Q: What are some good snack foods?
A: Fruits and veggies – that’s what I mostly snack on. I drink a lot of water. I don’t drink soda, and I try to stay away from buffets at truck stops. They’re a waste of money and have a lot of fat. I eat a lot of yogurt… there are ways you can lose weight out here naturally. It would help if company yards had fitness rooms or something.
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