Jul 07, 2014
In the past, the trucking industry was not closely associated with great health. Trucking is a physically taxing job, and many drivers have found themselves lacking in proper exercise, suffering the consequences of sitting all day, and lacking healthy meal options. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be this way anymore. More and more truckers and trucking companies have begun initiatives to help truckers stay healthy, despite the demands of their job.
As a company owner, it's important to prioritize the health of your drivers. Healthy drivers make for healthy employees and are better equipped for work. A healthy lifestyle is not only beneficial to drivers themselves, but also to your company as a whole.
Here are a few ways you can support your drivers as they pursue a healthy lifestyle.
Encourage participation in group challenges.
Many trucking companies and associations hold challenges that are fun, encourage friendly competition, and result in improved health. If you don't want to start your own challenge, you can pull together a team to participate in a trucking association challenge. Challenges might include weight loss, step counting, or logged exercise time.
Offer rewards and incentives.
Fitness challenges are fun on their own, but they get even better when there are prizes to be won. You can offer prizes competition style, by only rewarding the top achievers, or you can offer incentives to anyone who participates in fitness initiatives.
Make them aware of fitness programs.
Fitness programs specifically geared toward truckers – such as the Rolling Strong fitness clubs at Pilot Flying J locations – are popping up everywhere. Stay on top of these trends and share information with your drivers.
Provide adequate time for sleep.
Sleep is a crucial part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. If you encourage your drivers to overwork themselves and not take adequate rest breaks, they are not going to be healthy.
Encourage, don't force.
It's important to support your drivers in their efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but you can't force them. By being too aggressive about exercise or healthy eating habits, you will come across as condescending and controlling. Your drivers won't want to work in that environment. Instead, offer incentives and encouragement, and give them tools to make healthy decisions on their own.