Day after day, we have been following and listening to ever-changing public health recommendations. And although collectively we are putting our best foot forward in doing what we can to end this pandemic, many of us are feeling tired. With so many uncertainties, all we can do is focus on the things we have power over. Living a healthy lifestyle is one of those things we can control right now. We have put together some exercises drivers can do while out on the road, or you can try at home to help keep you healthy and focused on becoming a better you!
Push-ups: Push-ups are a great exercise that builds both upper-body and core strength. If done correctly, it strengthens the chest, shoulders, triceps, back, abs, and even the legs. This workout has different modifications so if you’re a beginner you can start with an easier version and work your way up to a standard push-up or even a challenging variation. Here’s a fun way to get some push-ups in during your pre/post trip inspection!
Sit-ups: Sit-ups are a traditional, simple and effective core exercise. This workout strengthens your core which also reduces your chances of back pain or injury. It also helps your balance and stability which reduces your chances of falling. When doing sit-ups make sure you have the right form so that you’re using the right muscle groups.
Squats: Squats strengthen your glutes, legs, and lower back and as we’ve learned before, back injuries are the most common workplace injury. Squats can easily be done in a truck, outside or in your living room! This exercise can be modified by supporting yourself on a wall or other object and it can be made more challenging by holding a weight. To make sure you are doing this exercise correctly click here.
Knee raises: Knees up! Give those hip flexors a workout by lifting your knees to your hands at waist level from left to right for 30-60 seconds.
Jumping jacks: Yes, jumping jacks. This classic exercise is never going out of style. It has so many benefits; good for your cardiovascular health, arms, legs and core!
Skipping: Skipping ropes are light and easy to store. Add this into your exercise routine to help elevate your heartbeat and burn some fat. This exercise is great cardio, tones your calves, tightens your core and improves your lung capacity.
Walking/Running: If you have time while parked at a truck stop, walking or running will be beneficial to your overall health. A 30-minute walk is good for your heart, joints, immune system and so much more!
It’s a great way to strengthen muscles in your core as well, while building your leg muscles and burning calories.
Wherever you may be, your health is something that travels with you. Challenge yourself to create an exercise routine you can do 3-5 times a week and watch your overall health and mood improve! Make yourself and your health a priority during these strange times and make sure to have fun with it. If you have any good workout routines, tips, or videos you recommend leave a comment!