By Jena Williams

Here’s a sobering fact from a recent New York Times article:

Eighty-six percent of the estimated 3.2 million truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese, according to a 2007 study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The NY Times article goes on to report how some long-haul truckers are finding ways to stay or get fit, including a trucker who gave up soda pop and only drinks water and another who does sit ups in his trailer.

Those interviewed shared a common understanding…their livelihoods depend on living a healthy lifestyle. Five truckers share their success stories, including Jill Garcia who was motivated by the concern that if she doesn’t maintain her health that one day she won’t pass her DOT physical.

The challenge, as any trucker knows, is staying fit in a sedentary job with few healthy food choices. Some have taken on the challenge and are willing to share their tips and resources.

You should also check out the audio interviews with the truckers in the story, who describe their efforts to stay fit in their own words.

What tricks have you found to avoid the greasy spoons or to get yourself moving? How have you overcome the challenge to stay healthy in your job?