Archive for the ‘Health Awareness’ Category

April 6th, 2017

“New year, New you!”

The beginning of each year brings about a renewed energy and high hopes for a healthier lifestyle and an overall better self. Many of us dive deep in the information superhighway surfing through articles on the best training routine and latest diet or cleanse. Spring fashions bring the coolest workout wear.

We ask coworkers and friends about their gym experience and receive a myriad of stories.  We ask, we read, we compare, we read more blogs, we listen to others and take notes. We are amazed by before and after pictures online. We like what we heard and we pull up the YouTube video and watch multiple videos. We check Facebook feed and notice suggestive selling items which weren’t there before. Navigating health and fitness blogs has made you a target to marketers. We see gadgets, protein shakes, pre-workouts, vitamins, trainers and exercise machines. 

We were close to a decision on which program to follow, but now….we’re not entirely sure. So, we click on that suggested link for a different blog with a different diet and training plan. We read and we watch and we take notes. They seem to make sense, we like them too.    

This pattern can extend for days and our good intentions begin to subdue under incessant bombarding of information. We are exhausted and confused. There are multiple directions and schools of thought on how to proceed. We’re not sure, we know we want to improve and we don’t want to break the bank. 

Well, maybe I should look into this other thing here…..STOP

This is a classic example of paralysis of analysis. It is a great move to be informed because you don’t want to get hurt by jumping into a CrossFit class only to find it is unsustainable and abandon it immediately. The key is to start where you are, doing what you can, with one guide. Start walking, start bicycling, start swimming, start dancing…just start and be consistent. Do not overthink it. Follow one trainers advice for 100 days. Give yourself time to see results. DO SOMETHING. Stop planning, thinking, researching, comparing, debating…put on those tennis shoes and go. Your body will thank you. Your mind will thank you. You will be amazed at the things you can do…if you just start.    

 

February 16th, 2016

February is American Heart Month and we hope everyone will commit to #HeartHealthyXPO for a healthier lifestyle.

Throughout the month, we’re holding a contest on our Facebook page to encourage professional drivers to stay healthy. Just visit the page, click on our “Heart Health Pledge” link, choose your preferred heart-healthy activity and you’ll be entered to win one of five XPO-branded fitness gear prize packages.

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While you’re thinking about how to take care of your heart, consider these simple ways to boost cardiovascular health:

  • Reducing sodium intake: The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1,500mgs of sodium per day
  • Moving your body: At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days per week and two days of moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity per week will keep your ticker in peak condition. Keep in mind that even just walking for 30 min a day helps!
  • Reducing Stress: Stress can cause illness, influence poor eating habits, and sap your energy. To find your zen, try positive self-talk, deep breathing and finding healthy activities that you enjoy like painting, knitting, listening to music, reading, etc.

As part of our contest, share your progress towards a healthy lifestyle with us via the Facebook page or by using #HeartHealthyXPO on Twitter & Instagram. Check out the goals or activities some of our drivers have already shared with us:

  • Regular Cardiologist visits
  • Training for a 5k race
  • Laugh more!
  • Participating in Firefighter training to get in shape

We hope to hear your health goals and activities and if you have any questions, please message us at TLCommunications@xpo.com.

September 8th, 2015

One of the most vital aspects of our day-to-day health and physical fitness may not be what most people would expect. It has nothing to do with diet, weight lifting or extensive cardio. The activity we are referring to is stretching your muscles, and it should be a part of everybody’s daily routine. Especially for professionals, like truck drivers, who spend their days and nights in seated positions, having an adequate and frequent stretching practice is the key to a healthy lifestyle (and to getting rid of any aches and pains once and for all).

The many benefits of stretching include:

  • Better posture
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased flexibility
  • Enhanced coordination
  • Pain relief
  • Increased energy
  • A better sense of well-being

Lack of stretching can lead to build-up of acids in your muscles that can cause pain and stiffness.

There are plenty of easy stretches that professional truck drivers can implement in their every day routines. Many don’t even require leaving your cab. So, when time allows, pull over in a safe location and stretch! Be sure to hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds, and listen to your body – if something hurts, don’t do it!

Some of our professional drivers recommended their favorite stretching resource for the road. Below are a few suggested driver stretches from Saif Corporation. Your body and mind will thank you.

 

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