Truck drivers have very hectic schedules and seldom take the time to plan a healthy lifestyle for themselves. Good health is not just about weight control or looking good. However, you will look and feel good plus be able to manage your weight when you are healthy. Good health encompasses a healthy mind and body. It is a condition where both our body and mind are functioning properly.
Poor health contributes to numerous conditions and diseases. These include mental conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. It includes physical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.
Currently, truck drivers live an average of 16 year less than other workers. Truck drivers should make their health a priority. Truck drivers must understand that their health is important and embrace a plan which will enable them to improve their overall health. They will begin to experience less pain, discomfort, and disease.
Heart Health: Maintaining the health of your heart is the key to good health. The heart is the center of the cardiovascular system. It is the reason you are alive. If the heart stops beating you will die. The heart is responsible for the transportation of oxygen throughout the body. It is also responsible for the health of the immune system. Choosing to eat an abundance and a variety of heart healthy foods can help to keep the heart healthy.
Good heart health can do the following:
Prevent Erectile Dysfunction: Truck drivers face a high risk of Erectile Dysfunction (E.D.) due to many factors. Overweight issues are an important reason for this increased risk. “The same things that cause arteries in the heart to get disease cause the arteries of the penis to get disease and dysfunction,” according to Marc Gillinov, MD. Marc Gillinov, MD is a cardiac surgeon and coauthor of Heart 411 (Three Rivers Press) with Steven Nissen, MD. Clogged arteries caused by insufficient blood flow throughout the body can cause erectile dysfunction. In fact, erectile dysfunction often shows up before other signs of heart disease. An additional factor in contributing to E.D. is smoking. Truckers who smoke should stop smoking and get on an exercise program. If you have erectile dysfunction you should make an appointment with your physician to check for signs of heart disease.
Reduce Stroke Risk: A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel. When either of these things occurs, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Each person is affected differently by a stroke and where the stroke occurs in the brain. The abilities controlled by the area of the brain that was damaged are lost. This can include speech, movement and memory. The risk factors for stroke include the same risk factors for heart disease which are smoking, high blood pressures, diabetes and clogged arteries.
Improve Brain Health: Heart disease risk factors affect brain health. “The same plaques responsible for atherosclerosis can occur in the brain and lead to dementia,”according to Marc Gillinov, MD., He indicates that certain forms of dementia are linked to changes in blood vessels in the brain.
Reduce Diabetes Risk: Diabetes mellitus is a serious health condition as the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin or the cells in the body stop responding to the insulin that is produced. When this happens, the glucose in the blood cannot be absorbed into the cells of the body. Diabetes destroys blood vessels throughout your body. It can also lead to heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, loss of limbs and blindness. Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, excessive thirst, lethargy and hunger.
There are many things you can do to improve your health. If you keep your heart healthy, you will reduce your risk of illness and diseases Take the following steps to improve your health:
Food: Eat the best quality healthy food that you can. This includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and quality meats and fish. I know truck drivers are limited in the amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables they can get, but get as much of them as you can. Avoid high fat, sugary processed foods. Choosing to eat healthy can help you look better, feel better and be healthier overall.
Meditation: Meditation is used by numerous individuals for its many wonderful benefits. It allows people to relax their minds and bodies so they can make room for peace and calmness. Meditation is a natural way to reduce levels of stress, anxiety and depression. It enables one to attain a sense of serenity and improve their overall health.
Exercise: Exercise provides many benefits for the body which include: Regular physical activity improves heart health and appears to have a significant impact on lowering the risk of E.D. Exercise also provides numerous additional benefits. Exercise can:
1. Reduce depression and anxiety
2. Improve psychological well-being
3. Reduce the risk of premature death
4. Reduce the risk of developing diabetes
5. Reduce or maintain body weight or body fat
6. Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints
7. Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer
8. Reduce the risk of developing and/or dying from heart disease
9. Reduce high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol
10. Reduce high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure
Sleep: Sleep is the time your body repair the cells in the body. Good quality sleep improves overall health and well-being. Sufficient sleep also enables you to avoid accidents.