In the transport sector, all truckers are forced to spend most of their days sitting for hours behind the wheel. But the reality is that our body is designed to constantly be moving.
A truck driver spends each day, an average of 10 to 12 hours, seated behind the wheel and according to Dr. Katy Bowman, one becomes an active sedentary since we are a new generation of people who exercise for one hour daily and then sit during the rest of the day.
Many truck drivers don´t have time for exercising, but even if they handle many hours they should still separate time for exercising, which helps good blood circulation. Walking also helps to activate the pancreas. Sitting for a long time can, long term, harm truckers health, thus shortening their lives.
What problems does a truck driver face when he seats for a prolonged period?
Dr. James Levine spent much of his career studying and researching the problems and health effects that spending a lot of time seating has. The results showed that when we sit for a long period and then get up, a process with bodily sounds or joint pain occurs. Within the first 90 seconds a truck driver stands up, the muscles, cells and pancreas are activated to process sugar. This happens to make possible to support our own weight when we’re standing.
Our body was designed to be active all day. If you stop moving for long periods of time, it’s like going off to prepare for death.
• Heart: While sitting, blood flows more slowly and muscles burn less fat, this facilitates fatty acids clogging your heart.
• Pancreas: The function of this organ is to balance sugars. Sitting for more than eight hours a day has also been associated with a high risk (up to 90%) of having type 2 diabetes.
• Colon cancer: Sitting during too much time may increase the risk of colon cancer
• Digestion: Sitting after eating causes the compression of abdominal contents and delay the digestion. A slow digestion could lead to cramping, bloating, heartburn and constipation.
• Back Problems: Being seated generates more pressure on the spinal column than standing. It is common to keep the neck and head forward while driving, however this bad position can cause back and neck pain. ETM