Truck Driver Fitness Program At United Road Drivers Helps Drivers Stay Fit

walkingOne of the great benefits of working for United Road is that its forward-thinking, inventive Human Resources specialists are constantly designing excellent programs that assist employees with their productivity.

Recently, the company launched a Walk to Wellness campaign whereby all the employees received a pedometer and information on how to improve their health. In addition to  helping employees who are not drivers, this program is great tool in to increase truck driver fitness, since drivers spend such long our sitting still.

Human resource studies show that those who are in good physical condition also enjoy increased mental capacity and better on-the-job performance. Fit employees, in fact, have more energy and one of the many benefits of regular exercise is increased and sustained energy throughout the day. This energy allows employees to stay focused, bringing the best of themselves to every task.

The Walk to Wellness program invited employees to put their pedometer and their legs to work. While it is often suggested that walking 10,000 steps per day is a good target, employees were encouraged to consider a goal that is specific to their current physical condition. From there, United Road suggested its employees work their way up to walking 10,000 steps per day.

“Walking, as simple as it sounds, can be great exercise,” says United Road Human Resources Director Eric Madison. “It is low impact and can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Walking can also help prevent various medical conditions, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, and even helps promote a good mood.”

Walk to Wellness is one of several special programs in which United Road employees can participate.

“We are continually fine-tuning our employee benefits programs to add more offerings like these to the line-up,” says Madison. He and his team also recently orchestrated a health-tips program for United Road truck drivers. Easy-to-follow brochures and posters share tips on exercises drivers can do.

“They are exercises designed especially for folks who drive long distances, who sit for long periods of time and who may have neck strain,” Madison notes. Exercises include everything from lower-wrist movements that can be done using a steering wheel to shoulder and neck rolls using a vehicle seat.

United Road stresses to its truck drivers that a healthy lifestyle ultimately starts with them. “As studies show that exercise lowers the risk of stroke, reduces the incidence of diabetes and can reduce mortality rates, among other things, we want to help our drivers be as fit as they can be. That’s good not only for their jobs, but in their personal lives as well.”

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