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Fitness and its Effect on Driving

February 1, 2016

According to many experts… yes!

A study from Yale University shows that regular, low-impact exercise may help the elderly retain the flexibility, coordination and speed of movement necessary for driving. The study concluded that safe, well-tolerated exercises do help elderly drivers. It showed that, while the driving skills of the participants who did not exercise declined over a three-month period, the skills of those people who did exercise were maintained or enhanced.

Just like muscular strength, you ability to remember increases when you exercise your memory and nurture it with good diet and other healthy habits.

The Michigan Partnership for Family Safety explains that driving is a physical exercise which requires a certain level of strength, flexibility and coordination to do safely. As we age, some decline in our physical fitness is inevitable.

However, studies have shown that exercise can actually slow down the aging process. According to the Partnership, flexibility fitness training can be an effective tool in improving range of motion and increasing levels of fitness among older drivers, resulting in better driving skills.

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