Jogging and running not only helps us to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but will also help us to be better drivers. The importance of physical fitness has been emphasized on the Arrive Alive website in a section titled “Physical Fitness for Safe Driving”. We would like to share on this Blog a few of the suggestions provided by the Arrive Alive Road Safety website.


Which types of physical exercise might benefit the driver of a vehicle?

The main goals of your physical exercise should be to increase your heart rate and increase the capacity of your lungs. By exercising regularly, you’ll see an improvement in the quality of your sleep and the cycles and phases of sleep will become smoother and more regular. Regular physical activity may also improve your overall health and your emotional well-being as well and help you to deal with the stress and worries of your life.

In order for your body to function in a healthy manner, you need to have a certain amount of physical activity during the day and rest at night. This means you should not be exercising 3-4 hours before going to bed.  Ideally, you should exercise in the late afternoon or early evening hours, as this will allow you to expend your physical energy long before your body readies itself for sleep.

Fully equipped gyms with fitness trainers are assisting people to increase levels of physical activity. Cardio training is one of most crucial elements of physical training – cardio training will strengthen the muscles that are involved in respiration thus greatly improving your ability to get oxygen into the needed muscles, heart and lungs. This combined with the fact that cardio training increases your ability to expel waste (CO2) and you’ve got a training method that will greatly improve your endurance.






Exercise could include the following:

Cycling/Mountain Biking/Gym bike


Gym Stairmasters/Swimming

Running, biking, running/walking on a treadmill, dancing, and jumping rope are all good activities to help you increase the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream. Swimming is a fantastic exercise for building up your cardiovascular endurance and unlike other exercises has fewer and more simple drawbacks and is also a rather inexpensive exercise to perform. While swimming is nothing new to cardio training, the use of the Stair Master or Stair Climbing machine is a rather new trend that’s catching on rather quickly.

There are also some non-aerobic exercises that can also help you overcome amnesia, including yoga and Tai Chi.

Even the driver without time or financial means to exercise in a gym on a regular basis can add moments of activity into his schedule. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or cycling to work might enhance your physical fitness. Even something as simple as parking your vehicle in a spot further away from your destination might benefit your physical well-being.

Stay physically fit! Walk for at least 20 minutes five times a week or the equivalent. Gardening, golf, tennis, and other sports can also help keep you in good physical shape.

It has been found that drivers have to make about 15 major decisions for each kilometre driven, each requiring almost immediate action. We would like to invite all our readers to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not only for the sake of their own health – but also that of other road users!