There is no other sport physically and mentally demanding as Formula One. Those F1 drivers are no ordinary human beings, but they are supermen who push their bodies to extreme high limits for their passion. To accomplish this, one needs to be very much fit, both physicallly and mentally. There are three lessons you can learn from these incredible racers.
The heart rate of a top driver can average over 180bpm for a race distance of 90 minutes or more, which requires the racer to have an amazingly strong cardiovascular system. Besides, during the race, the driver will endure forces of5g, burn 1,400 calories and lose up to3kgof body weight in sweat, which requires the racer to build up strength of his neck and quickly adapt to the sweltering environment. To gain such physical characteristics, the racer do running, cross-training, and cycling a lot. For some drivers, they even choose to spend much time of the year in Hawaii to accommodate himself to the hot and humid environment. As for building up neck strength, Mclaren drivers can train themselves using a helmet attached to pulleys which pull their necks from different angles.
A Healthy Diet
The drivers have diet specially tailored and the key of their diet is high protein with low fat. The usual case is that chicken, fish, vegetables and fruits are their main target. Carbohydrates and fat are strictly limited, though they do need some complex carbs intake for one meal a day to store some energy.
Simon Reynolds, Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes’ Driver Performance Manager, said, “F1drivers must have highly tuned nervous systems so as to react quickly to everything going on around them in a race. Not only must they be aware of the other cars, they’ve also got to watch out for things like debris on the track and warning flags.” In order to be as much alert and concentrated as possible, the drivers will use a batak reaction board, where the aim is to hit as many randomly-lit lights in 60 seconds as possible.