People think being a tradie means you automatically stay in top shape, but that’s not always true. And since it’s Tradies National Health Month we thought it was a perfect time to cover the importance of keeping yourself healthy and safe.
Even though being active and working outside can be great for your health, there are some things you can do to make sure you stay injury-free and in top form. Read on for some important tips!
It sounds pretty basic, but you can’t afford to not stay hydrated or protect your skin. Especially once summer hits, it’s easy to forget to keep up your fluids, or worse switch out water for a soft drink or energy drink which can dehydrate you more. When it comes to hydrating, water is always best. Keeping a big bottle or two handy will make it easier to remember!
Wear Your Sunscreen
Living in Australia means we all learn about sunscreen early. So it should be a no brainer to apply it right? And that means all year round. Skin cancer counts for around 80% of newly diagnosed cancers and the most common cause is from the sun. Even when it’s overcast, you can still get skin damage, so that’s why it’s important to wear sunscreen when you’re outside, even when the sun isn’t shining.
Don’t Skip “Smoko“
No, we’re not encouraging smoking! But maybe skip the ciggie on smoko. It’s tempting when you’re busy and working to a deadline to just push through and skip breaks, but they’re more important than you think. When you’re working onsite, breaks have to be part of your day. Staying focused and injury-free means taking regular rests, and not just to recharge your energy. Your concentration can suffer when you’re overtired, and that can spell disaster while on the job.
Get Enough Sleep
Aiming for eight hours sleep every night will mean your reactions are sharp and your judgement is clear. Not to mention you’ll be less likely to be in a bad mood, and you’ll feel a lot better.
Avoid Junk Food
When you’re out on a job, it can be tempting to grab the quickest take away food when you’re hungry. In the long run though, it’s not a great plan. Eating healthy isn’t just a great way to stay in shape, it also means you’ll run less risk of getting sick. Right now there are plenty of options for eating better too, so it doesn’t have to mean boring food.
Being a tradie is already a lot more active than working in an office, but that doesn’t mean it won’t do you good to get some regular exercise. Team sports can be great for your social life and relaxation. And as well as keeping you fit, if you choose activities like swimming, they can also help protect you from injury because they’re all about stretching out your muscles.
Know Your Hazards
Being fit and healthy is one thing, but it’s also important to keep yourself safe while on a job. The best way to do this is to know the hazards you might run into and how you should deal with them. Never be afraid to ask questions if you come across a part of the job you’re not used to or haven’t done before.
Listen To Your Network
Having a network in the trade industry isn’t just about the potential for work. It also means you have the chance to learn from people who have more experience than you, especially about things that can keep you safe on site. As well as your physical health, your network can also keep you feeling positive and help keep your stress levels manageable. Mental health is just as important as keeping your body in shape.
Downloading the goodwork app and building your network will give you the chance to learn from other tradies with more experience. Having a strong support network of people in your industry to keep in touch with is great for your mental health as it helps you avoid feeling isolated or lonely.