Take a Hike: Truck Driver Wellness

Take a Hike: Truck Driver Wellness

Feb 14 2014

orchardhill2[1]While half the nation is digging out snow, we’re dreaming of spring flowers and warmer weather.

Drivers’ unique schedules and time on the road can limit their outdoor activity and overall wellness. We encourage our drivers to eat healthy and exercise while on the road but we know that isn’t always easy.

A free and fun activity that keeps you active is walking. Some travel centers around the nation have walking trails near their truck stops. So when spring comes around and you’re on the road, see if there is a trail near you and go take a hike!

Click here to find walking trails near you.

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Holiday Stress on the Road

Holiday Stress on the Road

Dec 11 2013

Holiday Stress Infographic2-01[1]The hustle and bustle of the holiday season brings an unwanted guest for truck drivers: holiday stress.

Overdrive magazine recently published an article about holiday stress and professional drivers. Truck drivers may experience extra holiday stress due to being away from home, decreased sunlight and winter conditions, not to mention the financial strain that most relate to during the holidays.

But did you know stress has a physical effect on your body? Stress can cause migraines, panic attacks, stomach trouble—even heart attacks! So when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember these tips from Overdrive.

Have a safe and happy holiday season, drivers!

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Truck Driver Wellness: Beat the Heat this Summer

Truck Driver Wellness: Beat the Heat this Summer

Jun 12 2013

J.B. Hunt SafetyFor many, the summer heat is only an issue during outdoor activities. But for truck drivers and others who work outside, it’s an all day battle. Staying cool and practicing sun safety is important for all drivers, especially those unloading freight and sleeping in their cab overnight. Here are a few ways to beat the heat this summer in your driving job:

Stay hydrated
Water is important year round, but especially during the summer months. Always have a bottle of water near you and constantly drink from it.

Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.
Like water, sunscreen is something drivers should use all year. Buy a sunscreen that is long-lasting and sweat proof and use it daily.

Stay cool
Take cool showers at the truck stop and keep a spray bottle of water in your mini-fridge or cooler to spray yourself when you get warm.

Wear breathable clothes
Sometimes you can’t choose what you wear to work, but if you can, wear lightweight and light colored clothing. Don’t forget your hat!

Block the sun
In a sleeper cab? Cover your windows with curtains or towels to block the sun and heat.

Rest
If you’re unloading freight or doing your pre-trip inspection and you feel yourself getting overheated, grab some water and take a break inside or in a shaded area.

These are just a few of the ways you can beat the heat this summer. How do you stay cool while on the road?

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Healthy Snacks For Truck Drivers

Healthy Snacks For Truck Drivers

Apr 17 2013

Driving jobs can make eating healthy on the road tough, especially when cravings hit. The next time you want something sweet, crunchy or filling, skip the nachos at the truck stop and grab one of these foods instead.

Sweet:
Dark chocolate
Fig Bars
Graham Crackers

Crunchy:
Low fat cheesy crackers
Pretzels
Nuts

Filling:
Tuna sandwich
Soup
Beef Jerky

Altering your snacks is just one step in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day and get some exercise, even walking a couple of laps around the truck stop makes a difference!

What are your favorite healthy truck stop snacks?

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Best Smart Phone Apps For Truck Drivers

Best Smart Phone Apps For Truck Drivers

Feb 20 2013

Gone are the days of truck drivers being isolated while on a run. Smartphones now sit beside CBs, keeping drivers connected to their world. With smartphones, not only can drivers call home to loved ones, they can watch their favorite sports team, find the closest burger joint or check the availability of showers at the next truck stop.

 

Here are some useful (and free!) apps for drivers out there.

My DAT Trucker Services

  • Uses current location to find: Cat Scales, fuel prices, truck Stops, rest stops, washes
  • Provides directions and numbers to call locations
  • Gives information on Truck stops including number of parking spaces, fuel pumps, showers etc

Trucker Tools

  • Axle weight calculator
  • Weather
  • Message board
  • Access to Overdrive Magazine

 Free Wi-Fi Finder

  • Uses your location to find free wi-fi locations
  • Gives directions to location/able to add spot as favorite

 Pandora Radio

  • Create your own radio station based on artist or song preferences, and listen to free, streaming music.

Around Me

  • Use your current location to search for a nearby pharmacy, grocery store, movie theater, etc.

Lose it!

  • Sets daily calorie intake based on current and goal weight
  • Tracks progress and weight loss
  • Keeps a food and exercise log

Skype 

  • Free video chatting app that allows you to chat from a number of devices, including phone, laptop, iPad and more.

What apps do you use most as a truck driver?

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3 Things You Don’t Know About J.B. Hunt Drivers

3 Things You Don’t Know About J.B. Hunt Drivers

Feb 15 2013

Most people are familiar with our driving jobs. We provide a variety of jobs, weekly pay, great benefits and a solid 401(k) plan, but do you know about the other perks our company drivers get?

Here are three things you don’t know about J.B. Hunt drivers:

1.      They’re eligible for nationwide discount programs.

Our company drivers can get discounts on namebrand appliances, mobile phone service plans, audio and video namebrand equipment, and even discounts on auto and homeowner insurance!

2.      They can earn up to $75,000 in bonus money.

You read that right. Our one million milers start with a $5,000 bonus and that amount doubles with every million miles they pile on. We recently awarded a four million miler $40,000 (on top of his other $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000) and have given away almost $20 million in bonus money to our million mile drivers over the years.

3.      They can take advantage of a Personal Health Team.

Need to quit smoking? Looking to lose weight? Trying to manage stress? When our drivers enroll in a J.B. Hunt medical plan, they get access to a Personal Health Team who can help them and their families meet their health goals. Top quality doctors, 24/7 access to physicians and a medical specialists are just a few of the benefits we offer to our drivers.

When it comes to your money, your health and your well being, it pays to roll with J.B. Hunt.

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5 Ways to Work Out in Your Truck

5 Ways to Work Out in Your Truck

Jan 30 2013

Some truck drivers are lucky enough to get exercise during the day when they handle freight. But for many truck drivers who spend most of their day sitting, exercise can be hard to come by.

5 Exercises for Truck Drivers

1. Utilize what you have: your bed! Use your bed for core and arm work like pushups, crunches and dips.

2. Dumbbells help you build strength. Buy a couple of dumbbells and work out your biceps, triceps and shoulders.

3. Resistance bands are light, inexpensive and easy to store. Use them for stretching back and leg muscles.

4. Keep a tennis ball or rubber ball handy and squeeze it for a few minutes at a time. This will build arm strength and give you a stronger, more powerful grip.

5. When you’re safely parked, do a few shoulder shrugs, tighten and release your glutes, flex your feet and calves, and use the steering wheel to stretch out your shoulders and arms.

Exercise is just one piece of the puzzle to a healthy life. Maintain a healthy diet, stay away from tobacco and get plenty of restful sleep. You’ll be trimming down and getting healthier before you know it.

What other exercises do you do in your truck?

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Healthy or Heavy?

Healthy or Heavy?

Dec 26 2012

Which are you?

Approximately 3 out of 4 drivers are considered overweight, and more than half are obese. Truck driver jobs often involve hours in the cab, which can severely restrict drivers from getting the proper exercise and healthy food options they need.

Decide right now to take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s what you can start doing today to get on track to losing weight:

  • Walk around your truck: 32 laps equal about a mile
  • At the customer/rest area/truck stop: jog in place, jumping jacks, calf raises, lunges
  • Keep a set of dumbbells in your truck and work out your arms
  • Skip the nap and go for a walk instead
  • Eliminate sodas, sweets and other junk foods
  • Drink water
  • Pack fruits and veggies that are easy to keep like bananas, apples and grapes

Now shut the laptop and take a hike!

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