Truckers are not exactly known for being fit. In fact, obesity among truckers is at epidemic levels. Because of this, truck drivers are being encouraged to watch their weight and get active—but many don’t know where to start.
Working long hours and being away from home, it’s very difficult to focus in on your health. Nobody knows this better than Doug Robinson. When he started his career as a truck driver, his weight started to increase. It got to the point where the 6” 1’ man weighed in at 321 pounds.
Concerned about his health—especially the negative impact the extra pounds were having on his asthma—Robinson signed up for a weight-loss challenge offered by his employer, U.S. Xpress.
“At first I was like, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to exercise.’ At the end of the day, I don’t want to walk. It’s all about planning,” said Robinson. “I just had the willpower do to it.”
Robinson has lost 40 pounds so far and has 60 more to go to meet his goal of 100 pounds. Luckily for this truck driver, and others like him, there are more and more resources available to help them lose the weight and keep it off.
Partnerships for Better Fitness
Snap Fitness has teamed up with Rolling Strong, opening gyms at Pilot Flying J locations. The first gym opened near Dallas, and already boasts 120 members. More gyms are slated to open in truck stops across Tennessee and Georgia.
Truckers who join the gym will be able to use the Pilot Flying J satellite gyms and any of the over 1,300 Snap Fitness gyms nationwide.
The Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile are glad to hear that the truckers and the trucking industry are taking driver health seriously. We hope that the trend is here to stay.