I admit it. In my first year as a Lyft driver, I fell victim to the infamous Lyft 10: those 10 unwanted pounds you gain from countless hours behind the wheel. However, the Lyft 10 are not inevitable. These suggestions can keep your inner "Lyft potato" at bay, and may even reverse extra pounds you’d already accumulated.
1. Make sure you’re well-hydrated at all times, and don't drink only coffee. Keep a refillable water bottle handy, and set a goal for yourself — for example, one 16-ounce bottle every three hours. To stay hydrated, you should drink an average of 4-5 ounces of liquid every hour.
2. Move around! Get out of your car every 30-60 minutes to stretch.
3. Pack your own meals. "Driver food" is usually unhealthy, quick food like pizza, burritos, and burgers. Take a few extra minutes at home to cook a chicken breast and some asparagus, and pack it in a lunch box with a piece of fruit. When you stop to stretch, grab it from your trunk, and eat when you’re between passengers.
4. Make sure any treats for your passengers aren’t within reach of the driver's seat. Keep them in your glove box, underneath the front passenger’s seat, or in a door pocket instead. Better yet, keep a variety of healthy snacks handy. I have 100-calorie packs of almonds and small boxes of raisins available alongside the ubiquitous Starbursts.
Repeated studies have proven the connection between healthy habits and mood and stress management. Following these suggestions won’t just make you healthier — they'll make you a happier, better driver as well.