Archive for the ‘Health Awareness’ Category

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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July 30th, 2015

SYH Nutrition Label

 

Finding healthy food on the road can be a challenge, but when you find it, do you understand why it’s healthy? Nutrition labels help you make informed food choices and guide you on what and how much to eat. Reading the labels and understanding why something is good or bad for you can assist you on your journey to healthier lifestyle.

Serving Size

Check to see if your serving is the same size as the one on the label. If you double the serving size on the label, you need to double the nutrition amounts.  In a nutshell, this tells you how many calories are in a serving and provides a recommend serving size to stay within those calories. If you are counting calories as part of your diet, this is important information to know.

Calories

Calories provide a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of food. A person’s size and activity level determine total calories needed per day. The recommend caloric intake for a 32- year old man to maintain his weight of 200 pounds is 2,544. However, if you are looking to lose weight, you could use this information to determine how many calories to cut from your diet and/or how many calories you need to burn through activity.

Protein

Protein can come from animal sources like chicken or beef or from plant sources like lima beans or wheat. Try to incorporate plant proteins such as beans, cereals and whole grains into your diet.

Sodium

Too much sodium can contribute to high blood pressure. Processed foods usually contain a high amount of sodium. Be careful about the amount of processed foods you are taking in and try to balance your diet with fresh or organic items.

A healthy diet an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. In combination with staying active, your diet can improve your sleep, help you maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure and help promote your overall health.

Visit www.fitness.gov for more information.

 

 

July 27th, 2015

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to spend every waking and working moment with your spouse for weeks at a time? According to Sherry and Kevin Hastings, it can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding. The Hastings, a professional truck driving team for Con-way Truckload, were recently named Company Team of the Month. They have been driving together for the past three years – Kevin has been driving professionally for more than 31 years and Sherry joined the industry about three years ago after their children moved away from home.

The Hastings have learned how to make the most of each other’s company while on the road, including becoming each other’s motivation to get fit and stay healthy. The couple, who reside in Utah, admit that during the first few years of their respective careers, they each gained about 25 pounds. Soon after making that realization, the figured out their healthy routine, and they want to share their secrets with other professional drivers.

It is difficult to find time to work out while on the road. Even when time and space don’t allow traditional exercising, the Hastings always make time for stretching. According to Sherry and Kevin, truckers walk with a forward lean because of a lack of stretching their lower back and hip muscles. It is also important to stretch the shoulders. Here are a few suggested yoga stretches for long drives.

When it comes to diet on the road, The Hastings recommend eating something small but filling every 2-3 hours. Typical snacks for the couple include celery sticks, snack bars, turkey jerky, nuts, string cheese, oranges and apples. These foods are easy to pack in the truck. They also warn other drivers to steer clear from bread, sugar and desserts, as those calories can add up quickly. They recommend having salads and other healthy options during mealtime.

Congratulations to Sherry and Kevin on their successful careers as professional truck drivers. Stay safe and healthy out there!

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Kevin and Sherry Hastings on the road trip of their lives!