The cold winter months can be extremely hard on people, especially truckers who are in and out of the cold constantly. Being on the road during the coldest time of the year can be tough for many reasons.
Healthy Food Choices
It can often be hard to eat healthy on the long haul. With the winter months being so cold and sickness being easier to catch, it’s very important to fuel your body with healthy snacks and foods. It is crucial to keep your body strong and able to fight against the sicknesses. Here are five foods great for winter: citrus fruits, leafy and dark greens, winter squash, oatmeal and berries. Fruits, veggies, and lean protein our excellent sources to keep a well balanced healthy diet.
Exercise is Key
While your diet is incredibly important when staying strong in the winter. Your physical strength is also very important. While the cold can be bitter, it is still necessary to get out of the truck and get moving. Movement is needed to keep your bones and muscles moving and not getting too stiff. Your diet and exercise will work together to maintain a healthy mind and body and a balanced metabolism.
Your mental health is just as important, if not more, as your physical health. The winter can be one of the hardest times for people who struggle with their mental health. Seasonal Affective Disorder “is a type of depression people experience as the seasons change, most commonly beginning in the late fall or early winter and lasting until spring and summer.” Often times this occurs because of the lack of daylight and people aren’t receiving the same amount of vitamin D. Making sure that you’re finding people to talk to on your stops and calling friends and family to stay in touch with is a great way to help combat SAD. Continuing to practice wellness and reflection can also help to stay aware of what is triggering and can help you prevent getting to drug down by SAD.