Sometimes, keeping fit can be pretty demanding. Scratch that, staying fit is
demanding. Those who take their health seriously know that living a healthy lifestyle demands
some level of discipline and dedication. Although it feels thrilling enjoying the feeling of vitality,
phenomenal strength, and perfect health, just a handful are willing to pay the price for such an
As a trucker, frequently exercising is one of the best ways to stay in shape, and experience
vitality and health. However, keeping up and staying motivated can be a bit of a challenge. This
is why many truckers often go back to the old lifestyle of little or no exercising. However, there
are ways you can stay motivated enough to keep exercising regardless of the results.
Identify and Reassert Your Motivation for Exercising
Why did you start exercising in the first place? Why did you decide to adopt a healthy
lifestyle? These are important questions because sometimes, you need to get back in touch with
your reasons and drive for exercising.
For some truckers, it is because of a recent medical diagnosis and the possibility of losing
their means of livelihood. For others, it is the lack of vitality and physical agility.
Whatever be the case, identify those initial reasons and remind yourself of them when you
are tempted to throw in the towel and give up. A good way to help with this is to review your
reasons every morning and the benefits of staying committed for 5 minutes This will help keep
Set Short and Long Term Goals
The key to goal setting is to specify what you hope to achieve within a given time frame. As
a trucker, a detailed decision to wake up as early as 5am, 3-5 days a week to jog, use the jump
rope, or do some form of exercise is a bold step to staying motivated.
Truth is, if you want something badly, you’ll find a way around it irrespective of the
circumstances. Setting short term goals is about deciding to do one thing at a time. Long term
goals will be an accumulation of short-term goals achieved.
Instead of making general, vague goals, specify one thing or activity that you’d do within a
period of time. Smaller goals like walking 20 minutes every day when you get to a truck stop
could be more helpful than running for 2 hours every two days. The key is to make it simple,
concrete and attainable within a given time.
Stress is a major cause of ill-health. As a trucker, you need to devise ways to manage stress
consistently. When you are stressed, exercising could be cumbersome. So, you may need good
More so, as a trucker you could cope with stress while driving by using stress balls or just
listening to some tunes. This will easily calm your nerves.
Get an Easy-to-Haul-Around Exercising Equipment
You also want to invest in compact, inexpensive exercise equipment that’s easy to use and
handle. These are perfectly capable of providing and delivering optimal results. In addition,
consider jogging, cycling or running for 10 minutes every day. By so doing, you’ll have enough
energy without the need for stimulants.
You can also be motivated to keep to culture of exercise by having visual reminders. Take
out some time to “see” yourself enjoying the end results of consistent exercise. If you’ve been
there in the mind, you can get there in body.
In 2002, an experiment was carried out on the minds of a group of athletes. The research
showed that they triggered high energy levels powerful enough to grant them victory in real-time
using visualization techniques. These athletes simply visualized and saw themselves winning in
an athletic contest. So, try this every morning. See yourself as fit, sexy, in great shape, and never
having to pant after walking a block.
The writer of this article, Oscar King, is a health blogger who realizes the special challenges
truckers face in trying to keep in shape. He also realizes how important it is that they get regular
checkups, and for a doctor that specializes in DOT physicals near you, he recommends
visiting Driver Physicals. You can learn more
about Oscar on Google+.