As a truck driver, there are times when you are more focused on the destination and not so much on the journey. This can be a real situation on the road and in your health. Without our health, we aren’t capable of doing the most basic things, including our jobs. So it’s important to take your time and start learning how to read nutrition labels, cooking a healthy meal, learning new exercise, or just enjoying the fresh air while walking around the gas station. Taking pleasure in these things will set you up for long term success while enjoying your journey. So what can you do? Start by following these tips on learning to live a healthy life.

Learning to Live a Healthy Life

Commit to Your New Life

Permanent weight loss takes time and effort as well as a life long commitment. Make sure you’re ready to make permanent changes and that you do so for the right reasons. If you make realistic goals and expectations, staying committed becomes possible. It may have its ups and downs, but by accepting those and continuing on, you’ll start having a healthier life.

Go Easy on Yourself 

Diets cause weight loss, not the means to maintain that weight loss. That’s especially true for extreme diets. Think about it, how long could you live on cabbage soup or grains only? This kind of approach is too extreme and will set you up for failure. Sooner or later you’ll fall back on the behaviors that led to the weight gain in the first place. Make sure you enjoy the food you’ll be eating and the exercise you’ll be doing during your weight loss. You should plan on doing It for the rest of your long and healthy life. It doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated.

Get SMART

Know what’s realistic when setting your weight loss goals. Be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. An example of a SMART goal is walking for 30 minutes a day, five days a week for the next two months, and logging your results. Another SMART goal may be to lose 1-2 pounds a week in 4 months to lose a total of 25 pounds by eating more greens and keeping a food journal.

Get ready for Fitness

Preparation is the key to success. If you take the time once a week to plan and prepare your meals and pack your gym bag, you won’t be caught off guard during your busy day with no food, meaning no more fast food. Choose a day that is convenient for you to prepare and cook a few healthy meals to set you up for the week. The more you prepare ahead of time, the better prepared you’ll be when the rush of the week begins. Don’t forget your iPod and a good attitude!

Don’t Forget to Enjoy Yourself

This is a lifestyle change, not a search for the perfect diet. Enjoy the journey. If getting into the kitchen is intimidating, have someone show you around or take a beginners cooking class. Try a new fruit or vegetable you’ve never tried before. Sign up for a new exercise class at the local gym or find a workout on YouTube. You can find exercises specifically designed to do in the cab of your truck so you can get more out of your day.

Maintaining your health is a serious concern in the trucking industry. Try to keep up with these easy tips to make sure you’re getting in better health. Not only will you have a better life, but also you’ll be more likely to enjoy the journey.