VAN drivers could serious health risks from sitting behind the wheel all day, every day.
LeaseVan.co.uk has researched the health dangers faced from sitting in a driving position for up to eight hours every day and with millions of van drivers spending the majority of their working lives there us an increased risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Here are LeaseVan.co.uk’s tips on staying healthy:
- Plan meals. By preparing lunch the night before drivers can avoid greasy takeaways and save cash too.
- Know your routes. Drivers are encouraged to research their routes and not rely too heavily on sat nav. Knowing the route can help them avoid congestion trouble spots and reduce time spent sitting.
- Take regular breaks. Even pulling over and stepping out for two minutes can make a massive difference.
- Park away from the job. Van drivers should avoid pulling up right outside an address. By parking on the next street they can gain vital exercise.
- Grab your tools. It’s difficult for drivers to find the time to visit the gym but by using the tools of the trade they can easily fit a workout in during their working day. A toolbox makes a great weight for curls and lunges.
- Use the van. Even the vehicle itself can be utilised as a mobile gym with drivers blasting out push ups and dips while parked up.
- Be mindful. Drivers should try to stay calm and avoid anger and frustration while out on the roads. So take a deep breath and simply smile if cut up.
- Track it. Drivers can use an app on their phone to measure activity and record hours sat down at work.
The researchers found that life on the road also led to a poor diet for many drivers who are forced to dine at garages and motorway service stations.
Gareth Roberts from LeaseVan.co.uk said: “Britain’s van drivers are the lifeblood of the UK economy. They are often small business owners who do a hectic and stressful job navigating busy roads.
“They are sat behind the wheel for much of the day yet despite being seated their stress levels are often sky high as they deal with traffic jams and other road users.
“This leads to an increase in adrenaline and stress hormone cortisol in the blood stream so it’s little wonder many drivers struggle with health issues.”