It’s not easy being lean. Not when work means sitting for long hours behind the wheel. But it’s not impossible, and it could be the most important financial decision you make this year.
This isn’t just some do-good rant from some holier-than-thou gym rat. Turns out obese people, on average, pay $10,000 a year more in medical bills than people who are within their ideal weight range, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Considering that 86 percent of truckers are overweight and more than 70 percent of drivers suffer from obesity-related health problems – including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and sleep disorders – the stakes are pretty high here.
Recent studies have shown that as many as 25 percent of preventable crashes are caused by health problems. Insurers recognize the problem, that’s why truckers, on average, pay 40 to 70 percent more for health insurance, compared with other professions. And, for the one in every three drivers who don’t have health insurance, that extra cost comes right out of your pocket.
TBS Factoring supports the work of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which helps drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship. Visit www.truckersfund.com for more information.
But why wait until the wheels fall off? Here are some things you can do now to protect your most important piece of rolling stock – you:
|Take a load off. Cardiac arrest, high blood pressure, diabetes – we like biscuits and gravy as much as the next guy, but we’re here for the long haul. If you are too, you’ve got to eat like your life depends on it, because it does. This could be as easy as picking grilled chicken over fried, and switching to water or non-sugared soft drinks. Trimming 100 calories from each meal isn’t that hard, and it can trim almost a pound a week.|
|Get off your seat and on your feet. Search “trucker health” online for a wide variety of ways you can work exercise into your daily routine. An increasing number of truck stops are adding fitness facilities. Use them – if not for your waistline, then at least for your wallet.|
|Check your pressure. Even if that means just stopping in for a free health screening – at a truck stop, a drug store, or a trade show – you’d be surprised how often those things save lives. You take care of your rolling stock, now take care of yourself.|
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s also a lot cheaper. At TBS, we want our clients to survive and thrive. You owe it to yourself, and you owe it to your family.
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