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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ways to turn your truck in to a personal gym

Trucker fitness
Truck steps can be used for tricep dips
By Anna Donato

Truck drivers are on the road for days, weeks, and sometimes months at a time. It is not always easy to keep up with a workout regimen you may have started when you were not out on the road. There are so many benefits that come with working out on a regular basis, and a healthy lifestyle should be a priority whether you are at home or not.  

Truck driving can have adverse effects on your health because of the long hours of sitting and also because of it being hard to stay on a healthy diet while out on the road. 

So, what do you do when you are traveling for weeks with no gyms in sight? You can become your own gym, or at least make your truck into one! Obviously, you are most likely working with a tight space, but where there is a will, there is a way. You do not need much equipment, and your truck has enough tools of its own. Here are a few ways to turn your vehicle into a personal gym.
  1. The cab of the truck is a small space, but is all you need for a full body workout. If you purchase a yoga mat, resistance band, weight plates, a medicine ball, and/or dumbbells, you are ready to go. These exercise items are great because they can be used anywhere, they are small, and they are quick and easy to pack away. You can work your abs, legs, and arms in the cab of your truck. When you are at a truck stop and ready to work out, you can place a yoga mat in between the seats for a perfect place to do crunches, bicycle crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, and pushups. There is also enough room to stand up in the cab of the truck. Even though it is a tight space, you can use your dumbbells and do calf raises, shoulder presses, squats, tricep extensions, wood chops, and more.

  2. The large handles on the doors of the truck are another great tool for turning your vehicle into a personal gym. Using the resistance band, you can loop it through the door handle to work your arms, chest, and core. Stand with your feet firm in one place while holding the resistance band, then twist your body as far as you can from side to side working your core muscles. You can also face the door or away from the door and with each arm, pull the resistance bands out and away from your body in a rowing motion to work your arms and chest muscles.

  3. The step located on the sides of the truck is probably the best tool to use on the outside of the truck for a full body workout. You can use the step to do tricep dips by sitting on the edge of the step with your feet together and placing your hands on the side of each thigh. Once in position, bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle lowering yourself towards the ground. Then straighten your arms, putting your body back at starting position, and repeat. You can use the step of the truck to do a number of lower body exercises as well. Decline lunges are when you put one foot back on the step and lunge forward with the other leg while bending your knee to a 90-degree angle. You can also try elevating both feet on the step of your truck to do elevated pushups. Another great exercise using the steps of your truck is knee ups. Knee ups are not only great for working your leg muscles, but they get your heart rate up as well.

About the author: The writer, Anna Donato, is a fitness blogger who focuses on those in professions that demand high travel, and looks for ways to turn even the smallest of spaces into workout spaces. For those truckers who need a doctor to clear them for work, she recommends finding a local physician through http://www.driverphysicals.com. You can learn more about Anna on Google+.

Image: Patrice Raunet Hollywood, "Volvo Truck", US-PD