I don’t need to tell you how important it is to stay in shape, especially if you’re a long haul driver. But like any other working person, how do you find the time and, more importantly when you are on the road, where do you find a place to work out?
As the dangers of out-of-shape Americans and spiraling health care costs is more and more in the news and as more and more employers are providing gyms or discounted memberships to employees to stay fit, what is our industry or the people serving our industry doing to help us stay fit and healthy? Looking around, I gotta say, not one heck of a lot.
Unless you carry weights to workout with in your rig and have some way to cook and prepare your own food, eating right and staying in shape is pretty tough. You are pretty much at the mercy of whatever you find at truck stops along your route.
I read an interesting blog the other day about some guy who wants to open a chain of fitness centers at truck stops across the country. Seems he’s tried to get financing for his dream of providing places where truckers, or any other travelers for that matter, could work out while on the road. He was laughed out of the banks he approached for financing.
I, for one, think this is a great idea and my friends agree! If you’re a banker and can go to the gym everyday to work out, why shouldn’t the people who are the backbone of our great nation’s transportation industry have that same chance?
I just hope that guy hangs onto his dream and is able to find a way to make it happen. I, for one, would look forward to working out in the gym to de-stress, get in shape, and stay healthy when I am on the road. A lot of my buddies feel the same way too!