While driving on the road, trucking makes it hard to get out and be active. So what are some things you can do to burn calories while on the road? We got you covered with some suggestions to keep your health and burn as many calories as possible!
Whenever you get the chance while you are waiting to be unloaded or at a rest area for a break, walk around as much as you can. Walking just a mile alone burns 130 calories for a 250-pound male. If you don’t have the ability to leave your truck, an easy way to measure a mile is to walk around a standard commercial truck 32 times to equal a mile. You not only are burning calories but also are keeping active by making use of your time while you wait or are on break.
The easiest way to lose track of what and how you are eating is by eating whenever you get hungry. Eating junk food is very convenient and also really tasty, however; if you want to burn unneeded calories, try to replace unhealthy snacks with vegetables or fruits. On the other hand, a candy bar is 240 calories with 5 grams of saturated fats and a cup of sugar snap peas is approximately 35 calories with fiber and vitamins. Portions are important to keep in mind because even food that is low in nutritional value can be made healthier with lower portions. Take a medium fry verse a large fry, you can save anywhere between 100 to 200 calories. That is like walking a mile and burning 130 calories just for eating a medium fry! This is will also help you to cut back consuming unwanted calories and burning calories while on the road.
Long hours behind the wheel can take a toll on your body and that’s why it is important to eat right, stay hydrated, and get the proper amount of sleep. So on average, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. But, 30% of working Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep daily and this affects health, mood, and much more. The more you are sleep-deprived, the more you consume which in result makes you consume about 500 more calories then you would if you weren’t sleep deprived. In a weight loss study, those who slept well lost more fat than muscle than those individuals who didn’t sleep well.
All in all, watching what you eat, getting the proper amount of sleep and trying to get some exercise throughout the day will help to burn 2000+ calories while on the road.