5 Exercises Truckers Can Do While On The Road -- No Gym Required
- Mar 22, 2017
Living on the road doesn’t mean that your workout routine must suffer. Jobs in transportation sometimes come with busy schedules, and lots of sitting in the driver’s seat. While it can be difficult to get to a gym, it is possible to do several workouts in or near your vehicle, without needing any special equipment. Here are a few ideas to help you get moving.
There is a reason push-ups are still relevant today — they work! This very basic exercise can tone your arms, legs and other areas of your body. One good thing about push-ups is that you use your body as your resistance rather than exercise equipment. As long as you have enough room to extend your legs back, and have enough space to widen your arms to shoulder length apart, you can do push-ups with ease. This exercise is also easy enough to squeeze in while waiting on the next load.
2. Squats and Walking Lunges
Looking to tone up your legs? Squats are easy, simple and require very little space. If you have a bit more space, such as a sidewalk at a rest area, consider walking lunges. These are a great way to work your calves and help stretch your sore muscles. Performing leg exercises will help reduce cramps and keep blood flowing as well.
3. Sit Ups
These exercises are so easy that you can knock them out without having to leave your sleeper! While there is lots of advice out on the Internet on how to do the perfect sit up, the most important thing to remember is not to over-strain your back. Find a comfortable spot in your truck and find a technique that works best for you.
4. Walking and Running
Running a few laps around your truck can get your heart rate up enough to help you achieve weight loss goals and maintain a healthy heart. Take your time when at a truck stop to give yourself plenty of walking time. Make it a habit to choose a spot far away from the door so that you are forced to walk the extra distance. Also consider going off the sidewalk and exploring; several rest areas have paths or sidewalks nearby you can venture on. Start your walk at a steady pace and then add knee-to-chest raises to get your heart pumping.
5. Resistance Band Exercises
Invest in a resistance band to fit more exercises into your routine. Hook your resistance band onto the truck door to do some rowing exercises. You can use resistance bands to target many major muscle groups, including arms, shoulders, chest, legs, back and abs.
The freight you carry is not the only precious cargo in your truck. Take care of yourself by creating a workout routine tailor made for members of the transportation industry. There is always something you can fit into your schedule, no matter how small the space is or how little time you have.
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