The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that seniors who are physically able get between 2 1/2 to five hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week, or between 75 minutes to 2 1/2 hours of high-intensity physical activity. The exercises should include balance training as well as aerobic and muscle strengthening activities.
Mature adults should consult their doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen. They should also talk with a healthcare provider about ways to combat fatigue. Prioritizing getting at least seven hours of sleep each night can help seniors stay alert behind the wheel.
AAA recommends a series of stretches to improve neck, shoulder, trunk, back and overall body flexibility. As a leading advocate for senior driver safety, AAA also offers a variety of programs and resources to help mature adults improve their driving performance and avoid crashes.
For more information on AAA resources for older drivers, such as RoadWise online/classroom courses or other programs that help seniors better "fit" with their vehicles, visit www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com.