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Showing posts with label #wellnesswednesday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #wellnesswednesday. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#Wellness Wednesday: Staying Healthy through the Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us and in full swing. This means plenty of opportunities to give, to make merry with family and friends, and, unfortunately, to overindulge and to fall off our healthy routine in general. Truckers in particular can feel a double whammy this time of year. The combination of holiday excesses and the usual struggles of staying healthy on the road can be particularly challenging. But don’t fear, Trucking Nation, because we’ve got plenty of tips and ideas to keep you on track and staying healthy this holiday season.

Just a Few Cookies….

Eating is perhaps the most difficult area to maintain balance this time of year. An overabundance of sweets and treats, as well as all the parties where food is often the focus, can derail the best healthy eating plans. Combine this with the lack of healthy food alternatives on the road, and the picture can become almost bleak for the conscientious eater.

The important thing to remember here is balance. Expecting yourself to stay super healthy this time of year is to invite frustration. Let yourself have a few treats, just don’t overdo it and get too far off track. Having a little flexibility in your eating routine can provide you with just the right amount of room for enjoying the delicious alternatives that are available this time of year.

Stress Less

Stress is another ever-present aspect of the holiday season. The constant rush of people around us, getting together with family, and paying for gifts can all combine with the constant pressures of the road to really get you in a big ball of stress. But by remembering your stress reduction techniques, such as meditation and relaxation, you can make this holiday season pleasurable and even exciting.

Move More

One of the best ways to reduce stress is exercise. We all know how hard it can be to stay active on the road, but by keeping your exercise routine this time of year you can keep yourself happy and healthy. Whether it’s a short walk around your rig or around a rest stop, or something more structured, a little bit of exercise can be a real key to a joyful holiday season.

Keeping yourself on your healthy lifestyle track during the holidays will keep you feeling good, and leave you with a few less resolutions to make this New Year’s Day.


We here at ExpressTruckTax love providing you with ideas that make your life easier, just like ExpressTruckTax simplifies your taxes and keeps your life running smoothly. You can reach us at 704.234.6005 for phone support and by email at support@expresstrucktax.com anytime.

We look forward to hearing about your successes with staying healthy during the holidays. You can post your stories on our Facebook page or tweet them at us on Twitter. Not only do we enjoying reading your posts and tweets, your feedback helps us to provide you with the best service possible.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Meditation as Stress Relief

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It’s not news to you, Trucking Nation, but trucking is one of the most stressful professions out there. Deadlines, traffic, weather, all these factors can combine to make you one big ball of stress. But never fear, we have the perfect solution for you: meditation. (No, don’t try it while you’re driving.)

Meditation Basics

Of course, meditation is nothing new. Its practice dates back thousands of years. There does seem to be some resurgence in its popularity in recent years, especially in relation to the new interest in yoga. But you don’t have to be a yogi or even practice yoga in order to enjoy the benefits of meditation. It doesn’t cost you any money, and you don’t need any training or special equipment in order to meditate. You can do it right in your rig!

Most meditation practices incorporate some method of focusing the mind, whether on a single point, or some sort of idea or belief. In Eastern traditions, such as Buddhism, where meditation is thought to have originated, meditation is said to not have a goal per se, although its practice usually results in relaxation, inner peace, and an overall sense of well-being. And who can’t benefit from that?

Mindfulness Meditation

Perhaps the most popular form of meditation right now is mindfulness meditation. This involves focusing on your thoughts as they arise. The idea is to not judge your thoughts, and to focus only on the present. As you watch your thoughts pass, and let them go, you will begin to relax and to feel more at peace.

Focused Meditation

Focused meditation may be the most well-known form of meditation. This type of meditation is where you focus your mind on one point, whether it be a word or mantra, a candle flame, a single thought, or an image in your mind’s eye. Here the point is to discard all other thoughts except the solitary object of your focus, maintaining your concentration on that point. As you do so, relaxation and tranquility should start to occur.

Spiritual Meditation

If there is a form of meditation that is goal-oriented, it is spiritual meditation. This form of meditation has communing with God or something spiritual as its objective. It can be thought of as a type of prayer, or of focusing on spiritual things. Many practitioners of this type of meditation will have a particular question or problem to be solved by this method, and will meditate on the thought of that question or problem. Many report a feeling of safety or protection when practicing this form of meditation.

Benefits of Meditation

We’ve already introduced some ways that meditation benefits you, including relaxation, peace of mind, and a sense of well-being. There’s no doubt that all truckers can benefit from these effects of meditation. And without all that stress from the road, the driver can be happier and more peaceful.

Added Benefits

Lower Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that meditation can actually lower your blood pressure and slow your heart rate. Being in a state of relaxation is really another way of lowering your stress, and when stress is reduced, many other health benefits occur as well. Some of these include improved gastrointestinal health and a boosting to the immune system.

Improved Mental State: Meditation also can improve your mental state as well. Being relaxed and serene will reduce the rush of anxious thoughts, and the ability to think more clearly and deliberately will result.

So, the next time you’ve got some down time, give it a try and see if your stress doesn’t just float away!


ExpressTruckTax also helps you relax and reduce your stress level. We take care of those difficult calculations for you, so you don’t have to worry about or stress out over your HVUT.

You can call us at 704.234.6005 or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com. Our world-class support team is ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have in English and in Spanish.

Tweet at us on Twitter or post on our Facebook page how meditation has helped you, or even how you like to meditate. We love hearing from you, Trucking Nation! Remember, meditation is not what you think.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Thanksgiving Cooking on the Road

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So Thanksgiving is almost upon us. And that, of course, means being thankful. We’re so grateful that we get to help you with tips, news, and the latest in our truck tax solutions. But most of all, we’re thankful for you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for keeping our country moving.

A Feast in Your Rig

Thanksgiving on the road can be hard. One way to bring some of home onto the road with you is to cook your Thanksgiving Day meal right in your rig. There is a wide array of appliances now available that will run off 12V or a 12V power inverter, and using these makes cooking on the road a breeze.

Perhaps the best way to cook turkey in your truck is using a crock pot. You can fit a medium-sized turkey breast into one, and let it cook while you’re driving. Once you reach your destination and are parked, you can prepare the rest of your feast.

Whether you like stuffing out of a box, or like to prepare your own from scratch, you can cook your stuffing in a toaster oven. Whatever type of potatoes you prefer can be prepared in a portable microwave. And a hot pot is the perfect place to steam some vegetables—again—your choice. Finally, some cranberry sauce that’s been chilled in your travel fridge will set the meal off nicely.

That’s all there is to it! A homemade Thanksgiving dinner prepared in your cab for your very own Thanksgiving celebration.

We’re Thankful for You

And you should celebrate. You’re the reason all of us are able to mark this holiday with family and friends with a great dinner. From the food on the table, to the cookware and dinnerware, all the way down to the table itself, even the whole house, none of these would have been available without you, Trucking Nation. You bring all these items and the materials to build them to our communities, and we’re so very grateful to you for it.

If you should have any questions or concerns about ExpressTruckTax over the 4-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, our support team will be available via email to assist you. Our email is support@expresstrucktax.com, and on Thanksgiving Day we’ll be available in case of emergency.

Let us know how you spend your Thanksgiving, and what you’re grateful for by tweeting at us on Twitter, and sharing with us on Facebook. We’re honored to be a part of your celebration this year, Trucking Nation. However you celebrate it, may your Thanksgiving be filled with love and gratitude.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Cooking Appliances for Trucks

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Howdy, Trucking Nation! One of the toughest parts of being an OTR driver is mealtime. Staying healthy and spending wisely are perhaps the main challenges of eating on the road.

Luckily, there’s a perfect solution to these problems: cooking appliances for trucks. Twelve volt adapters and devices that run on them have made it possible to easily prepare food in your cab, and the benefits of doing so are innumerable!

So Many Choices!

Today there are a multitude of appliances used for cooking that run right off your truck’s cigarette lighter, including:
  • Refrigerators/Coolers
  • Microwaves
  • Slow Cookers
  • Ovens
  • Stoves
  • Grills
  • Blenders
With appliances such as these, you can turn your cab into a gourmet kitchen. In your mobile canteen, you can prepare stews, soups, pasta, canned vegetables, beans, rice, heat up all kinds of ready made meals, fry your favorite fried foods, keep your foods and beverages nice and cold, and even whip up a shake or a smoothie.

Save Your Wallet & Your Waistline!

As we already said, eating healthy on the road can be extremely challenging, and those roadside meals can add up dollar-wise very quickly. These appliances save the day.

Being able to prepare your food the way you want allows you to cook healthy meals, and brings a little bit of home to the road. You can cook lighter meals, so that the heavy feeling from eating greasy food at truck stop diners doesn’t slow you down.

And of course the financial advantages of skipping the diners and fast food joints are obvious.

And Save So Much Time!

ExpressTruckTax makes your life easier, too. Whether you need to prepare your Form 2290 for HVUT or your IFTA return, we’ve got you covered. We free you up to do the things you want to do, so that your quality of living is where you want it to be.


If you need help with any questions or concerns regarding ExpressTruckTax, you can contact our world-class support team based in Rock Hill, SC, by calling us at 704.234.6005 or emailing us any time at support@expresstrucktax.com.

We want you to keep improving your lives, Trucking Nation. Join us on Twitter and Facebook with your stories about how you’re doing this. And if you’re not an ExpressTruckTax customer yet, we’d love to have you join our family. We do the tax-related things you don’t want to do so that you can do the things you really want to do!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Eating Healthy on the Road

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So you’ve decided you want to start eating healthier but are starting to realize how unhealthy many food options on the road can be. That’s exactly where we come in, Trucking Nation. Healthy eating on the road doesn’t have to be difficult. So sit back with your favorite healthy snack and read on to find out some great options to keep your diet from getting unhealthy while you’re driving.

Perhaps the most effective tool for fighting the temptation to eat what’s not good for you is to have healthy options with you as much as possible. Let’s look at healthy snack alternatives.


Fresh Fruits and Vegetables—keep plenty of these on hand for a healthy alternative to chips or pretzels any time. Fresh fruits and veggies provide that satisfying crunch and give you the nutrition and energy you need.

Nuts— your favorite nuts are packed with protein and provide much needed healthy fats to your diet. Nuts also give you a quick energy boost due to their high caloric content. But for this reason, limit the amount of nuts you eat if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.

Trail Mix—this great mix of nuts and fruit can be super healthy, but watch out for unhealthy versions containing candy, excess salt, and added sugar.

Beef or Turkey Jerky—actually a great source of protein, jerky can be quite good for you if you watch out for added salt and sugar versions.

Yogurt—again, plenty of protein and not a lot of extras, at least if you eat plain yogurt. Sweetened versions contain sugar, so try adding some fresh fruit to liven up the taste instead.

There are plenty of other healthy alternatives available, all you have to do is a little research and find out what’s good for you and what’s not.

By making sure you’ve always got plenty of good, healthy snacks on hand, you can avoid the temptation to eat some of the not-so-healthy options of the road.


Do you have any tips for eating healthy on the road? Please share them with us on Twitter and Facebook.

ExpressTruckTax is always here to answer any of your questions via phone, web-based chat, or email. Call us at 704.234.6005 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Email us at support@expresstrucktax.com.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Tips to Eliminate Driver Fatigue

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Driver fatigue is a leading cause of deadly trucking accidents each year. There are a number of factors that can lead to driver fatigue, including inadequate sleep, too many hours on the road, and physical factors. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted safety guidelines to prevent driver fatigue and thus keep all our truckers safer. We here at ExpressTruckTax are committed to helping keep you safe and healthy, Trucking Nation. So here are some tips for your #WellnessWednesday on how to prevent fatigue from occurring in the first place.


Eating Healthy: Eating healthy food daily will prevent blood sugar problems and other factors that can lead to fatigue, but that doesn’t mean you have to munch on spinach all day long. Let’s not forget that dark chocolate is a health food too, and a few squares can help you feel more alert and give you some much needed iron and minerals. It is, after all, National Chocolate Day today, so kick off your healthy habits with a few squares of rich chocolatey goodness!

Adequate Sleep: This is pretty straightforward, but often ignored. Not only does getting enough sleep at night help combat fatigue during the day, but naps are also an excellent tool in fighting fatigue.

Regular Exercise: Sometimes it seems counterintuitive, but working out can actually give you more energy. And exercise can help alleviate stress, which often is a cause of fatigue. Just 15 minutes a day of vigorous exercise will boost not only your energy level, but your mood as well.

Time Management: Trying to do too much in too little time, rushing to make deadlines, running behind, all these can cause fatigue. Effective time management helps keep fatigue to a minimum.

Relaxation: Down time is not wasted time. We all need to relax and engage in positive, interesting activities in our free time in order to alleviate emotional stress and ease tension.

Minimize or Eliminate Use of Caffeine: Caffeine while having a seemingly positive effect initially, often leads to negative or depressed emotional states eventually. It also can all interfere with sleep, and we’ve already determined how important sleep is in avoiding fatigue.


Ultimately, minimizing fatigue is just a matter of living a healthy lifestyle. Often, we don’t notice the things we’re doing (or not doing) that lead to fatigue until it’s too late and we’re already exhausted. Being proactive in making healthy choices daily is perhaps the best way to keep fatigue at bay.

ExpressTruckTax can also help you avoid fatigue by taking care of your tax-related tasks that you’d rather not do yourself. Just a few short minutes of entering your information and you’re done! No hassle, no fuss.

You can always share with us your ideas on Facebook or Twitter. Our world-class support team is located in Rock Hill, SC and is ready to take your calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. We’re also available via chat during those same hours. Just click on the “Chat With Us” button at the top of the screen on our homepage. Finally, you can reach us any day by email at support@expresstrucktax.com.

And don’t forget to refer us to your friends and family. Why keep such a good thing to yourselves? Just think how much better the Trucking Nation could be if everyone followed these tips. Word of mouth is our best advertising.

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