In an industry that typically involves irregular work and rest cycles, irregular mealtimes and long working hours, it is difficult for a professional chauffeur to maintain a healthy diet and a regular physical fitness routine. During the winter months when just about everyone is susceptible to colds and flu, it’s especially important that you take care of yourself. It is clearly not pleasant for passengers if you’re coughing and sneezing throughout a trip.
Fatigued Driving Affects Driver Health
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a study, Health andWellness Programs for Commercial Drivers. While the research focused on truck and bus drivers, the results apply to professional chauffeurs as well. One of the biggest problems is fatigue. Unpredictable work schedules, lack of rest or nap periods during work, sleep deprivation, sleep disruption and poor diet are among the contributing factors to fatigue. And when you are continually tired, your resistance lowers and it becomes more difficult for you to avoid illness. It’s not easy to keep yourself fit when you often can’t predict what kind of work schedule you will have, but you should be making the effort to avoid fatigued driving.
Try To Maintain Healthy Eating Habits
Your diet should not consist of foods that are high in fat and calories and that have little or no nutritional value. Always strive for a balanced diet of foods rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins to help keep your body performing at peak efficiency. Eat a nutritious breakfast daily, snack on fruits and vegetables, try not to eat late at night, especially when you are doing a lot of sitting and eliminate high-calorie drinks and include water in your diet. Making some simple changes in your daily diet can help you lose some weight and even feel better throughout your work schedule.
Exercise is a way to improve your mood and attitude as well as physical well-being. It boosts your energy level and helps to reduce stress and the risks of disease. You can start on a regimen of 30 minutes of exercise three times a week. Starting with something as basic as taking a walk can even be done during your work schedule. Getting up and moving, especially if you know you will be sitting for long periods, is a beneficial way to get your circulation moving and helping you stay alert. A poor diet and lack of exercise increase the risk of obesity and that is a major factor in developing cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke.
One of the most difficult habits to break is smoking. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people die from smoking-related diseases. If you smoke, stop. The benefit to your health and well-being will be immeasurable.