Commercial Driver Stiffness
Commercial driving entails driving for long hours. It could be intrastate or even interstate where drivers are on the road for days on end. It is understandable then that they are more prone to stiffness and certain posture related issues than the average driver. The nature of their work requires sitting in the same position for long hours, often up to 10 hours at a stretch, which can be damaging to their health. The longer they continue in this line of work, the greater the toll on their joints.
However, the damage to the joints and posture is only the most obvious of the side effects of a commercial driving career. The less obvious but equally damaging ones are:
- Poor diet as they’re always on the road
- Being overweight due to the sedentary nature of the work
- Inflammation buildup
Arthritis is a serious inflammation of the joints that the long hours of a commercial driving profession can expose you to. This can then also go on to hamper your ability to drive in the future. Arthritis is caused by fluid buildup around joints that leads to pain and aches in the affected joint. There could be a number of possible reasons that might trigger this fluid retention in the first place, including external injuries, chemical exposure, or bacteria. The joints usually affected are the ones that bind major muscle groups together. These may include:
Besides external injuries, inflammation can also be traced back to your poor choice in diet. There are quite a few routine foods that we consume that can be the culprit. Once digested, they cause white blood cells to secrete a fluid that then builds up around the joints and causes inflammation.
There are certain lifestyle changes that, if adopted, will allow you to keep such inflammations at bay and continue to enjoy a healthy and mobile lifestyle.
Given the sedentary nature of your work, you must take up activities that allow you to stretch your body and relieve it of all the stress buildup. Yoga is a perfect way to do so. You should perform yoga stretches every night before bed and every morning after you wake up to counter the stiffness in various muscles across the body. In my book, “Health Guide For Commercial Drivers” i talk about different yoga positions, but here are a few you should try for stretching out:
- Spinal twist
- Downward dog
- Bridge pose
- Pigeon pose
Maintaining the Correct Sitting Posture
Being a commercial driver, the nature of your work may require you to sit in a certain position for hours on end, but this shouldn’t stop you from making a conscious effort to maintain correct posture when you’re off the road. This would involve keeping your back aligned and upright. Moreover, you can capitalize on those 30-minute breaks in between by stretching out and de-stressing your bones and muscles.
Eating Healthy Food
Healthy eating cannot be stressed enough. It’s the fuel for the engine we called our body. In situations where it’s not possible to get all that much exercise, a healthy diet is crucial.
Try to load up on anti-inflammatory food and those that are rich in antioxidants. Some of these foods are:
- Chia seeds