Siphiwe Baleka: In For the Long Haul

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Siphiwe Baleka is a one-of-a-kind Yale graduating, globetrotting, God-fearing, truck-driving, fast-swimming family man. And he’s got a new mission — to help long-haul truckers everywhere improve their health, fitness and quality of life.

We were there as Siphiwe brought his entire family along to the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals in Mesa, Arizona. His father got to watch his son, a former collegiate swimmer, compete again for the first time in decades, and his children learned a valuable lesson about the power of believing it’s never too late to rediscover your passion.

Siphiwe says he knows how hard it can be to stay in shape when you’re traveling around the country. Whether you’re in a big rig or in airplanes and hotels, he said that kind of lifestyle can make it difficult to make exercise a priority.

So he’s making a difference. With his new website Fitness Trucking, Siphiwe wants to reverse the trend of poor health among commercial truckdrivers and create a culture of fitness within the industry. He’s not just helping waistlines — he’s also making the case how beneficial this is to commercial fleets’ bottom lines.

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