Have you ever met a healthy person? Did they tell you they were healthy, or did they simply radiate health with skin so perfect you swore you could hear an eagle soar every time you looked at them?
You’ve probably met loads of people who boasted about being healthy and who were more than eager to let you know the slew of things you’ve been doing and eating wrong.
For any of you who don’t have that‘friend’ pushing you towards the healthy side, here are the basics: not moving is the opposite of staying active and staying active keeps us healthy. While this article isn’t advocating you to turn your life upside down, we’re talking about the kind of health that gets you through the day and lets you sleep at night without too many aches and pains.
Pallet delivery involves an unusual amount of sitting, followed by often strenuous back-breaking lifting. You don’t need to find a new job in order to prevent your back from falling out though. Here’s some exercises to keep you and your back as youthful as the day you entered this world… que eagle soaring overhead.
Exercise: Knees Up
How it’s done: using both hands, lean against the side of the lorry, holding yourself up at a 30-40 degree angle. Then choose a leg and push the knee up, twist your leg so your knee moves up above the other one. Repeat with the other leg. Try and repeat these knee-up’s as often as you can.
Exercise: Back Bends
How it’s done:Place one hand on either side of your lower back. Spread your feet out and now lean back as far as you can go without hurting yourself. Try and hold in a leaning position for about 5-10 seconds.
Exercise: Side Bends
How it’s done: Relax one arm and keep it down on your side. Stretch the other arm over your head as far as you can go and bend it in the direction of your loose arm. Hold position for 5-10 seconds. Repeat with the other arm.
Exercise: Front Bends
How it’s done: Just like with the Back Bends, place one hand on either side of your lower back, but this time you’re going to lean forward. Hold for 5-10 each time. When combined with the Back Bends you’ll be increasing your circulation.
Exercise: Neck Stretch
How it’s done: Stretch one arm straight at 90 degrees as far your fingertips can reach. Lean your head toward the other shoulder in order to release all the blood flow. Hold each arm up for 5-10 seconds and don’t let go.
These exercises are easy, can be done anywhere and will help get your circulation going which is vital during those long stretches between rest-stops. Practice these exercises whenever you get a chance and you’ll feel the tension relief really work its magic.