You know that the times they are a changing, and not for the good, when you start seeing articles advising baby boomers on what exercises they should be doing so they can drive.
Not walk. Not run. Drive a car.
Have we come to this?
Have our bodies abandoned us to the point where we need to embark on a workout program just so we can sit and steer?
Sure, back in the day when cars were built of heavy metal and you had to provide your own power steering, it was not uncommon for those who were not in peak physical condition to experience muscle fatigue and shortness of breath trying to parallel park. But nowadays, with plastic vehicles and finger-tip turning, the car does all the work.
The problem, apparently, is not one of strength as much as range of motion. You need to be able to swivel. You need to be able to turn your head far enough to check the blind spot when you are on the highway and look over your shoulder when you are backing up.
Yeah, yeah, I know the fancy backup cameras are designed to take care of this, but personally I don't trust them. I don't feel comfortable looking forward when my car is moving backward. And if you are anywhere in my general area, you shouldn't feel comfortable either.
For one thing, the backup screen is hard to see in bright sunlight. And then there are all those different color lines that are supposed to let you know how close you are to something. Sorry, but whenever I rely strictly on the lines I always end up hitting something I shouldn't have hit for another five feet or so.
Besides doing range of motion it is also suggested older drivers do some strength exercising so they can do things like step on the brakes (this is pathetic), as well as flexibility training, which will be helpful for getting in and out of the car.
Just how much flexibility work does a person need? I think, it can be tied directly to how much noise they make trying to get their seat out of the seat.
Good rule of thumb here: If people in the vicinity often come over and ask if you are all right when you are exiting the car, you should probably be hitting the gym five days a week.