Truckers Stay Healthy on the Road
Many truckers struggle to stay in shape because they don’t have access to exercise equipment and they work long driving hours. However, new programs for truck drivers aim to change all of that. Truck-stop fitness areas are opening up across the country, and these gyms will give truckers the opportunity to live healthier lifestyles. Hopefully the increasing access to these resources will allow for many to live with improved health.
Truck-stop Fitness Centers
Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong have announced a partnership that will bring truck-stop fitness centers to areas across the country. The centers will make it easier for trucking professionals to get exercise while working long hours on the road. Snap Fitness is a chain with over 1,300 fitness centers and they will have six new gyms at truck-stop locations by the end of this year. The gyms will be open 24 hours a day, and members will have access to all Snap Fitness Gym locations. The first Dallas fitness center opened up in August and includes weight machines, cardio machines, free weights, and more. Membership is cheap at only $20 a month, compared to other options which can run close to $60 a month.
TravelCenters of America also started a program recently which helps promote healthy lifestyles for drivers. The program called StayFit has added free gyms, healthy eating options, maps of walking routes, and basketball courts to truck-stops in different states. The hope is that these added amenities will encourage drivers to rethink how they approach eating and exercising on the road. Just one small change in a diet can go a long way in keeping drivers fit in the long run.
The Rolling Strong organization will also be providing health evaluations that include body fat percentage measurements and blood pressure checks. These evaluations can help indicate if a driver should be making changes in their eating habits, and can also help in tracking and benchmarking dieting choices. In addition, Rolling Strong is coming out with equipment for in-truck workouts. This will help truckers get additional exercise when they are not at a truck-stop fitness center. Equipment such as resistance bands can be used at any truck-stop location to provide an additional workout.
Bob Perry is a former trucker who founded the Rolling Strong Company. He recognizes the importance of truck drivers in America, and stated "[truckers] deserve access to fitness centers and good food and healthier care like the rest of us." Perry has a vision to help promote good health and wellness across the country.
With all of these new programs starting across the U.S, it is clear that trucker health is becoming a top priority for many organizations. With the increasing amount of resources available, more truckers should take advantage of programs like truck-stop fitness centers in order to live a healthier life.