March 22nd, 2010
11:52 AM ET

Keeping fit, on and off the track

By Matt Sloane
CNN Medical Producer

Eating well at a NASCAR track is somewhat like trying to sleep at a rock concert - possible with the right determination and equipment, but very difficult. That is why many NASCAR drivers, roadies and fans don't exactly fall into the "fit" category. But at the #99 trailer, things are a little bit different. (Watch Video)

Carl Edwards works hard on and off the track to keep fit.

Carl Edwards works hard on and off the track to keep fit.

"We make a concerted effort," said Carl Edwards – one of the fittest drivers at the track. "Our guys, the truck drivers have a list of grocery items we buy. Instead of buying candy and donuts, it’s Kashi bars and dried fruit."

Outside the trailers, drivers and their crews are confronted with a fantastic selection of french fries, half-racks of ribs and cheesy nachos around each corner.

"You can walk up and down pit lane and you can get anything you want to eat, including fried Twinkies," Edwards said, "but you have to make that one extra little bit of effort to stay healthy."

As with any successful “diet'” plan though, Carl says, eating well is only half of the battle.

"Exercise is really tough on the road," said Edwards. "The number one thing I do is I try and choose a hotel with some sort of workout room, or before I get there, I go on Google maps and I look for a park or something nearby."

But, you might be asking: Why does someone who drives a car for a living need to stay fit?

"Our races are grueling. They're 500 miles, sometimes they go on for four or five hours, and it's uncomfortable," he said. "That that race will be over, and once its over, you better have laid everything out on the table because you can't go do it again."

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  1. Nicholas Demers

    Before we even think about healthcare reform we need to consider the fact that people are not only with out medical coverage, but also dental coverage, eye coverage and mental health coverage. Why arn't they thinking about making healtch care responsible for take care of peoples teeth and eyes. With bad teeth u can eventually get an infection or in enough pain you need to get an appointment for Dr. or got the the emergency room. As far as mental health and medication you know what will happen people snap and lose it. Its important to have health safe minds on the streets and homes of americans.
    For the eyes not to be checked can result in all sorts of problems. 1 is drivers on the road wont be able to see as well as the ones covered, probally causeing car accidents. 2 the migranes caused from straining your eyes. Either way can cause harm. So why dont they make healtcare all one package Health, Dental and Eyes and mental health.
    What year was dental,eyes and mental health cut out of the deal? What president allowed this to take place? Think about it our very first president didnt have real teeth. You would think that would be up there on top of the negeotaion table.

    March 23, 2010 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. keenya

    I'm trying to loose weight. I work out at least 4 times a week but I'm not loosing weight and I'm often tired. Will a B12 shot help?

    March 23, 2010 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Anna

    now with this health care reform I'm wondering how will it help people in o for exp. like myself & husband. We pay 1055.00. a month for health insurance. Which is an 80/20. with a 2000.00 ded. each . I am 57 and he is 55 year of age. Will the reform help us. We made less tahn 30 thousand last year but we had to keep our coverage do to the fact my husband had an hip replacement and I had foot surgery this year. So we could not dorp the insurance. We will not be able to contine paying this. So will this reform help us with in the next year? Yet I am happy for the 320000 that will be coverd. I know it's not all about me and my. But I just need to know what will happen in the near future.

    March 23, 2010 at 18:59 | Report abuse | Reply

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