Beat the Chill: Cold Weather Health Hacks for Long-Haul Truckers

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April 4, 2024
Beat the Chill: Cold Weather Health Hacks for Long-Haul Truckers

Trucking through a Midwest winter is no joke. Between the icy roads, freezing temps, and long hours stuck in the truck, it takes some grit and know-how to stay healthy. Here are some tips for beating the cold weather blues while on the long haul:

First things first - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Keep a big jug or bottle of water within arm's reach and sip frequently. The dry cab air and blasting heat will dehydrate you faster than you realize. Avoid loading up on coffee and energy drinks which will only leave you more parched.

Now let's talk food. We know it's tempting to frequent all those greasy diners, but heavy fatty foods are only going to make you feel sluggish in cold weather. Opt for warming soups and stews, oatmeal, lean proteins, veggies, and broths. Pack fresh fruit and nuts for snacking too. You'll keep your energy levels up without the weight of a gut full of fries and burgers.

Don't be a stationary driver. It's crucial to take regular breaks where you walk around, stretch your legs, and get the blood flowing. Try doing some jumping jacks or just walking a few laps around the truck stop. You can do some seated stretches and knee lifts to keep limber inside the truck. Along the same lines, invest in high-quality thermals and insulated outerwear. Splurge on a heavy-duty parka, sturdy winter boots, wool socks, and glove liners, and wear layers to trap heat. Keep an extra set of clothes handy in case yours gets wet. Pack emergency stuff like hand warmers, a reflective blanket, jumper cables, and a de-icer.

Lastly, listen to your body. Stay alert for symptoms of hypothermia like shivering, drowsiness, and confusion which means your core temperature is dropping. Crank up the heat and get off the road if it gets severe. Oh, and definitely get a physical checkup to make sure your heart and circulatory system are in good shape for the cold.

With the right gear, supplies, and preventative habits, you can stay healthy and beat the bitter cold while out on the open road.

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