Fitness, nutrition, sleep, hydration all have an impact on performance.
Fitter drivers have better reaction times and concentration spans. They are less stressed behind the wheel and are able to focus better than less fit rivals on track. In an accident, a fit driver is much less likely to be hurt, but if injured has a much faster recovery time.
Exercise improves stamina but a high heart rate oxygenates our brains and wakes up our neural pathways leading to faster reaction and improved concentration. Strength is important but a racing driver needs a slim physique with long, lean muscle development and iZone can set standards for drivers of all ages so that they develop appropriate strength for their needs without spending too much time in the gym. Most drivers can develop the strength they need at home at low cost.
Good nutrition improves focus and deep concentration for long periods leads to faster, more consistent driving and faster lap times so it’s well worth the effort to get the best fuel for your body and mind just as you want the best fuel for your motor. Good nutrition is food that is quickly digested to avoid the lethargy that everyone suffers after a heavy meal.
A 2% loss of hydration can lead to a 20% loss of concentration. We all lose 2% whilst sleeping and until this is replaced even simple tasks are more difficult. Sipping 3 or 4 litres of alkaline water a day is required to maintain peak performance for all athletes.
Adequate sleep for young drivers is the most influential factor in their ability to concentrate. Because sleep habits need to be established our drivers are required to sleep for 10 hours minimum every night. We teach drivers that unless they wake up feeling refreshed and alert they will not be in their peak performance zone.