5 easy exercise options when you're on the road

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Truck driver stretching for workout while on the road

People who sit for long periods of time, lead sedentary lifestyles, or work in high-stress environments are prone to many serious health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, deep vein thrombosis, and more. Exercise is a great solution. It can help you feel better, boost your energy, manage your weight, and prevent work-related injuries.
 
Below are several exercises that use your own body weight as resistance. These can be performed in the office, around the truck, or at home. Be sure to consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.
 

EXERCISE OPTIONS

STRETCH
Before starting any exercise program, take a few minutes to stretch your body thoroughly and warm up your muscles.

STRETCH

 

JUMPING JACKS
Choose a flat and sturdy surface. Stand straight with your feet together and hands at your sides. Raise your arms quickly above your head while jumping and spreading your feet apart. Reverse the movement to jump back to the starting position.

JUMPING-JACKS

 

 

STEP UPS
Place your right foot on a stair step or tractor step. Bring your left foot up so you are standing on the step. Use the grab bar for stability. Return to the starting position by stepping down with the right foot, then the left so both feet are on the floor.

STEP-UPS

 

BENT OVER TWIST
Stand straight with feet shoulder width apart. Raise your arms to your sides and bend over, rotating your torso and touching your left shin with your right hand. Stand and touch your right shin with your left hand. As you progress, try reaching for your feet instead of your shins.

BENT-OVER-TWIST

PUSH UPS
Lie in a face-down position with palms down on the floor. Lift yourself up with your arms, keeping your back and legs straight until your arms have straightened. Lower yourself slowly, keeping your elbows pointed close to your body. Start out with a few reps and build from there. You can also modify your technique by placing your knees on the ground.

PUSH-UPS

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