Spring Into Action
The arrival of Spring is a great time to renew your commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This month, we’ll be looking at tips for getting more active and moving more. Remember, before making changes to your regular routine, it’s always good to check with your doctor to see if they have any specific guidelines for you to follow.
The American Heart Association® recommends several levels of physical activity, depending on your health objectives. While these levels may seem daunting at first, they provide a useful goal to work towards. Start by challenging yourself to add 30 minutes of activity each day. Physical activity not only increases your chances of living longer, it also reduces your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to start walking. In fact, the American Heart Association has an entire website dedicated to this activity. You can even join or start a walking club.
Additionally, many resources have been made specifically to meet CMV driver’s specific needs.
- Jeff Clark, a marathon trucker and a trucker who runs marathons, has developed a nationwide map, Ride and Roll, to help drivers find interesting places to exercise near truck parking.
- In 2012, Pilot Flying J began adding fitness centers that will be staffed by fitness professionals and include a variety of top-of-the-line fitness equipment. Snap Fitness Rolling Strong provides information about memberships and locations.
- StayFit is a combination of nutritious food options and exercise options provided by TA/Petro truck stops. Healthy food options are marked with the StayFit symbol. Fitness rooms and walking/running trail maps are provided at select locations.
While 30 minutes of exercise each day may be difficult, you can still work on increasing your weekly levels of moderate aerobic activity. Moderate activity includes walking fast, dancing, and climbing stairs. You can also do strengthening activities, like situps and pushups. By getting more active, you will sleep better, strengthen your bones, and lower your risk of depression.
The following resources are helpful sources of information for you to review and discuss with your healthcare provider.
Quick Guide to Healthy Living
- Exercise and Activity Resource Center
- Get Active
- Help a Loved One Get More Active: Quick Tips
- Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight
Personal Health Tools
- Exercise and Physical Fitness
- Let’s Move!
- National Institutes of Healthy, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, We Can!