Keep Your Rig Running Right
As a Driver, you know how important it is to keep your rig running right. As the saying goes, “if the wheels don’t turn, you don’t earn.” But it is not enough to just look after your truck, you have to look after your body and mind too.To help keep you going in the right direction we’ve put together some basic strategies in the following links- Small changes that can make a big difference, and keep you running at your peak.
Service your Rig
Sitting still in one position for prolonged periods of time can create all sorts of issues, from something as simple as sore shoulders and stiff neck to more serious problems such as Deep Vein Thrombosis. In order to keep to keep your rig moving, try and give it a quick tune up from time to time.
Here’s some easy exercises you can try to keep the blood flowing and body going anytime, at home, on a break or when parked:
- Foot Flexes: Push down, flexing your heels and toes. Don’t do this one with your feet on the pedals.
- Back Stretch: Bring your chest down to meet your thighs while seated. Elongate the spine and hold for 5 seconds, then gently sit back upright. Repeat two or three times, every hour or so.
- Shoulder Stretch: Sit up straight, clasp hands behind the head with elbows out to the sides. Gently pull the elbows backwards while bringing the shoulder blades down and together.
You don’t even have to leave the truck for these:
- Neck Stretch: Clasp hands behind the head and gently pull the head down onto your chest while keeping spine stretched up. Keep pulling gently until you feel the stretch at the back of the neck into the shoulders. Hold for a few seconds and repeat.
- Arm Flexes: Hold arms straight out in front of you, with the hands relaxed downwards. Tense the whole of the arms and make hard fists with the hands. Hold for a couple of seconds and then suddenly open the fingers, until the hands are stretched out like starfish, then close again. Repeat a few times.
- Leg Flexes: Try tensing and relaxing the length of the legs, working upwards from feet to thighs and hips then down again.