Move Well

Moving your body regularly is important for all truck drivers.

When you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, there are small actions you can take to keep your body moving.

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Studies show that exercise is essential to keep your body and your mind well. Exercise can:

  • Improve mental health and quality of life.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Improve stamina and strength.
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers.
  • Help manage weight.
  • Aid bone health.
  • Lower the risk of dementia.
  • Lower the risk of heart disease and strokes.
  • Boost your immune system and your body’s ability to stay well.
  • Reduce cravings for unhealthy food.
  • Help maintain your focus and productivity.
  • Improve the quality of your sleep.

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Stretch, lift and move regularly.

  • Plan exercises that raise your heart rate and make you breathe deeply.
  • Try to stretch and walk briskly every break.
  • Enough little exercises give your body the benefits of a full workout. Aim for a minimum of 50 minutes of small exercises across your day.

Plan when and where you can be physically active throughout the day.

  • Try to park further away from your destination and walk briskly.
  • Plan to leave your truck at lunch time and take a brisk walk.
  • Plan to load or put things away briskly in multiple small trips, rather than one big haul – this way you can actively move, stretch and lift.
  • Try to break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.

If you currently don’t do much physical activity, start by doing a little and build up gradually.

  • Include stretching, strength and cardio exercise into your daily plan.
  • If you’re not sure how to get started on an exercise routine, see a physio or other health professional, they will be able to help make a program for you.
  • Keep your exercises short and simple. Some examples include:
  • Using your bull bar to stretch.
  • Walking or jogging laps of your truck during each mandatory break (1 lap of a B-double is 55 metres).
  • Squats, lunges, calf raises, tricep dips, planks, push-ups and pull-ups on the coaming rail are good strength exercises.

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Work your core when you sit

  • Tighten your stomach as if you are trying to reach your back with your belly button.

Do foot pumps regularly to keep your circulation up while you sit

  • Start with your feet on the floor. Lift your heels up, keep the balls of your feet on the floor. Hold for a few seconds. Put your heels to the floor and lift your toes. Hold. Repeat.

Do ankle circles regularly to keep your circulation up while you sit

  • Lift your feet off the floor. Trace circles with your toes, from the inside out. Do for a few seconds. Switch direction. Repeat.
  • 5–10 squats
  • 5–10 calf raises
  • 5–10 press-ups (or 2×30 second planks)
  • 5–10 tricep dips
  • 5–10 lunges

Go to DAREBEE Workouts (filter for stretches) for full instructions.

  • Walk at a brisk pace whenever you can.
  • Remember any movement is good movement and more is better!
  • Small purposeful exercises add up through the day.

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