This is a question people tend to ask a lot. Usually there’s an unwritten rule that truck drivers are fat and hairy and there’s nothing you can do about it. The reality is quite different. We are all normal men, not some characters from movies, and we want to stay healthy as long as we can. That being said, I’ve already written about some health issues that are concerning truck drivers, so I won’t go into that a lot here. Insted, we’re going to explore about the topic of staying fit and should you work out and if you choose to do so, what should you do to be as efficient as you can as to forget about the workout for the whole day long.
Should I work out?
Short answer: yes. As much as you can.
Long answer: Since we have already talked about all the health issues, there a re a couple of more which are not so appaling as those I already mentioned, but I’ll mention them here. As the science says, there is a lot of risk of obesity, cardio-vascular problems, cholesterol and some other issues related to that. It usually comes from sitting, not moving much, bad eating habits and so on. We all know the science and I’m not here for that. I’m here to make sure you do work out and in the most effiicient way so you can forget about long hours in the gym which only gym rats like. You’re a truck driver for god’s sake, and you should, drive, not make workout your priority.
So, the thing is simple: do some power cardio and leave the rest to the nature. Of course, eat healthy and all but I’ll talk about that later. For now, just some power cardio will be enough.
What’s a power cardio workout?
Ok, so some clarification here. Cardio is a form of excersise when you’re sweating a lot and making your heart pump. That’s running, cycling etc. Power cardio is when you make your heart pump a lot and you’re probably using weight to do so, so some more energetic moves. Chances are you’ve seen Insanity program on a TV – that’s power cardio.
So this is what I usually suggest to my friends. Instead of loosing 20 minutes every second day on a run or some regular cardio and then every other day doing some weight excersise (which is how people usualy preach needs to be done) you just do your power cardio workout every second day and you’re ready to rock’n’roll! And I’ll just explain what you need to do in brief.
If you’re at home, I suggest buying a trampoline. It sounds silly, but it is really fun and you’ll get a good workout from it for sure as you’ll jump more than you think you can! It’s also good for your joints, so it’s a one stop for everything. However, I’d supplement trampoline workouts witha thing called kettlebell.
Kettlebells usually sound really teriffying, but they are really simple. You just need one or two moves, and that is the kettlebell swing and the turkish get up. That all there is.
And kettlebell, that thing you can carry with yourself if you’re on a bigger roll.
All in all, your workout will last probably around 10 minutes. What’s 10 minutes to better health? I mean it’s so minimal anybody can do it, you just need to start. So how about it? Would you like to start a kettlebell/trampoline workout? If you wish to see some more information, check out this site dedicated to workouts on trampolines, they also have a piece on kettlebells which proves their worth.