Travel Tips

Stay­ing fit While RVing

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - Contents - By Cas­san­dra Red­ding

We all eat a lit­tle bit more and ex­er­cise a lit­tle bit less when we go on hol­i­day. I just got back from ten days in Italy, which of course in­cluded cheap red wine, in­dul­gent din­ners and the dreaded 12-hour mostly-seden­tary flight days. My bet­ter half and I are fairly dili­gent about reg­u­lar work­outs while at home, and we both eat rel­a­tively healthy, but we were pretty wor­ried that we had each gained the dreaded va­ca­tion pounds. Sur­pris­ingly, nei­ther of us had. I opened my Health App on my iPhone and noted that we did at least 10,000 steps (some days four times that) ev­ery day. This may have saved our butts. Quite lit­er­ally. HERE ARE FIVE WAYS TO SAVE YOUR BUTT.

1 Eat like you would eat at home. It may be tempt­ing to pack the RV with fun treats, but adding these ex­tras ev­ery day is a sure­fire way of tak­ing in un­nec­es­sary calo­ries. Keep­ing the RV packed with healthy food will also keep the crav­ings at bay when on the road and driv­ing past a fast food restau­rant. Stop­ping at new farmer’s mar­kets may also be a way to feel like you are get­ting a treat – who doesn’t want the first peaches of the sea­son?

2 Sched­ule some ex­er­cise ev­ery day. Just a lit­tle bit of ex­er­cise can make a big dif­fer­ence in how you look and feel. This might be a hike up the near­est moun­tain, a bike ride to ex­plore the town, or even a reg­u­lar walk around the RV park af­ter din­ner. If you can in­cor­po­rate weight-bear­ing ex­er­cises you’ll be even bet­ter off, and hand weights don’t take up much room in the RV. If you make it part of your rou­tine, you’ll start to crave the ex­er­cise when or if you miss it.

3 At­tend a class. Many RV parks of­fer fun ac­tiv­i­ties – dance your cares away at Zumba, do some down­ward dogs at yoga or get a hole in one on the golf course.

4 Use some tech. There are so many free ex­er­cise Apps out there for your phone – from car­dio to strength train­ing to cool downs and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Do a search in the App Store for your favourite work­out and you will be sure to find one. If you don’t want to carry your phone, you can also pur­chase a Fitbit ®. These help track your ac­tiv­ity and it’s a fun chal­lenge to try to meet your goals ev­ery day.

If it’s rainy out or you just don’t want to leave the RV, use your lap­top to go on­line to YouTube and search for “Fit­ness in Your RV.” You can use an ad­vance search to find al­most any length of time – so the “I don’t have time” ex­cuse isn’t go­ing to fly.

5 Get a good night’s sleep. It’s been proven that sleep­ing well is key to keep­ing the weight off. Do your best to make this hap­pen and you will avoid the slug­gish feel­ing that makes you want to skip a work­out and just eat potato chips.

Stay­ing fit while RVing may be chal­leng­ing but it can be done with a bit of fore­sight and some for­ti­tude. You’ll come back from your va­ca­tion or win­ter away look­ing and feel­ing bet­ter than ever if you can in­cor­po­rate these tips. But re­mem­ber to not be too hard on your­self – bal­ance is key. If you got your 10,000 steps in for the day, you def­i­nitely can have that piece of pie or glass of wine.

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