So you decided to become a rideshare driver (or have been one for 5 years). Welcome to the world of slower metabolism, sore back, unusual body aches, and dealing with unreasonable customers.
Here’s 5 tips to keep yourself (relatively) healthy while driving:
Eat enough fiber. I’m not joking. If you eat a fibrous breakfast not only will that fill you up much longer in the day, but also keep you on ‘schedule’. The more you can predict your schedule, the more you can maximize your earnings. You can eat simple things like high fiber toast, steel cut oats, a high fiber cereal or even a fiber power bar. Shoot for around 6-8 grams of fiber at breakfast. If you need help adding fiber to your diet you can also consider fiber supplements like gummies and powders.
Stay away from fast food. It is so easy to get and so delicious to eat. But one meal can be more than your entire days worth of calories, and if you are seated all day you are burning next to nothing. Consider this, in general, a sedentary male burns about 1,800 calories a day, and a female burns about 1,500 calories a day just to exist. So anything you eat above that is being converted into fat.
Save your back and get some lumbar support. I have a back injury in my lower back and need support in my lower back and middle back. I have tried many back cushions and this one works best for me. If you suffer with any back pain, it makes a huge difference.
If you sit for longer than 4 hours at a time, you should consider your risk for blood clots. These clots can form in your left leg if you drive an automatic car from sitting for long periods of time. If you have had clots before, smoke, are obese or have varicose veins, consider speaking with your doctor about how to prevent blood clots in your leg. At the very least, consider wearing compression socks when you drive.
I won’t recommend you join a gym, because if you are a gym person, you already do that. Instead, get a pedometer like a Fitbit and shoot for a daily walking goal. Then, before your shift or after your shift, walk a mile or so. If you have a dog, take a long walk with your dog. The recommendation is usually 10,000 steps a day, which is about 4.5 miles. Don’t overwhelm yourself, and just try to get some walking in. Then try to beat it the next day.
What are your tips on staying healthy in rideshare?