Keeping Fit During RV Travels

By Olivia Nicholas

When it comes to traveling, it can be difficult to keep up with healthy habits. But being on the road doesn’t mean you have to abandon your healthy eating habits and fitness regimen. In fact, with a little prior planning, keeping fit during travels can be relatively simple. A few compact and convenient pieces of equipment can do wonders. But you already have the most important equipment you need, your own bodyweight. Bodyweight exercises can be done at anytime and anywhere. They are not time consuming, and above all, are effective. During those days dedicated strictly to travel, make sure you stop every couple hours to give yourself some fresh air, stretch sore muscles, and get your blood pumping. Cardio is one tried and true way of staying in shape. A jump rope requires little packing space and can be done anywhere. Jumping jacks raise the heart rate without any equipment at all. Be sure to pack a sturdy pair of shoes. Go for a nice jog or brisk walk at a state park. If weather and destination allow for such things, go for a swim. Hike a local ridge or mountain. Rent a pedal boat. Or if you have an RV with a bike rack, be sure to bring your bicycle along. Yoga and tai chi can be done anywhere and can help clear your mind after a long day of travel. Be creative in your fitness. Simply moving around is better than not doing anything. And you’d be surprised at how many calories you can burn while enjoying yourself. A resistance band is lightweight and does not take up much space. There are many exercises that can be done using a resistance band, including bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder presses, and upright rows. But even without a resistance band, there are plenty of exercises that can be done without any equipment. Drop to the ground and do some pushups. If you can’t do a full pushup, place your knees on the ground. A park bench, boulder, log, or seat in your RV can be used to do tricep dips. Hold a plank position as long as you can to help strengthen core muscles and promote lean muscle mass. Abdominal exercises can be done almost anywhere without any equipment. Traditional and reverse crunches, while very common, are not the most ideal exercises for your abs. They can strain and hurt your back. Instead, try doing bicycle crunches or vertical leg raises, which have been proven to be more effective without risking injury. Mountain climbers have also been shown to produce results in strengthening the core and upper body muscles. There is no shortage of lower body exercises that require no equipment whatsoever. Squats and lunges increase leg strength and stamina while getting your blood pumping and toning muscles. Increase difficulty by standing on only one leg. Gain explosive power and keep stubborn fat away with tuck jumps. And side jumps can be done with or without props. Squat jumps, or burpees, use many muscles of the body and get your heart rate going. Be creative in your fitness endeavors. Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to do the same workout day in and day out. Find unique and fun ways to get your heart rate up. Of course, any fitness you do will be in vain if you do not pair it with healthy eating and sleeping habits. That doesn’t mean you must deprive yourself. You can still enjoy the local fare, but do not overindulge yourself. Have quick, healthy snacks in single servings so that you are not tempted to buy fast food while on the road. And make sure you are getting adequate sleep. Olivia Nicholas is a writer, blogger, traveler and mom.  She manages her home business of Plug In Candles and in her spare time loves to read, write and travel.
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Keeping Fit During RV Travels

By Olivia Nicholas

When it comes to traveling, it can be difficult to keep up with healthy habits. But being on the road doesn’t mean you have to abandon your healthy eating habits and fitness regimen. In fact, with a little prior planning, keeping fit during travels can be relatively simple. A few compact and convenient pieces of equipment can do wonders. But you already have the most important equipment you need, your own bodyweight. Bodyweight exercises can be done at anytime and anywhere. They are not time consuming, and above all, are effective. During those days dedicated strictly to travel, make sure you stop every couple hours to give yourself some fresh air, stretch sore muscles, and get your blood pumping. Cardio is one tried and true way of staying in shape. A jump rope requires little packing space and can be done anywhere. Jumping jacks raise the heart rate without any equipment at all. Be sure to pack a sturdy pair of shoes. Go for a nice jog or brisk walk at a state park. If weather and destination allow for such things, go for a swim. Hike a local ridge or mountain. Rent a pedal boat. Or if you have an RV with a bike rack, be sure to bring your bicycle along. Yoga and tai chi can be done anywhere and can help clear your mind after a long day of travel. Be creative in your fitness. Simply moving around is better than not doing anything. And you’d be surprised at how many calories you can burn while enjoying yourself. A resistance band is lightweight and does not take up much space. There are many exercises that can be done using a resistance band, including bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder presses, and upright rows. But even without a resistance band, there are plenty of exercises that can be done without any equipment. Drop to the ground and do some pushups. If you can’t do a full pushup, place your knees on the ground. A park bench, boulder, log, or seat in your RV can be used to do tricep dips. Hold a plank position as long as you can to help strengthen core muscles and promote lean muscle mass. Abdominal exercises can be done almost anywhere without any equipment. Traditional and reverse crunches, while very common, are not the most ideal exercises for your abs. They can strain and hurt your back. Instead, try doing bicycle crunches or vertical leg raises, which have been proven to be more effective without risking injury. Mountain climbers have also been shown to produce results in strengthening the core and upper body muscles. There is no shortage of lower body exercises that require no equipment whatsoever. Squats and lunges increase leg strength and stamina while getting your blood pumping and toning muscles. Increase difficulty by standing on only one leg. Gain explosive power and keep stubborn fat away with tuck jumps. And side jumps can be done with or without props. Squat jumps, or burpees, use many muscles of the body and get your heart rate going. Be creative in your fitness endeavors. Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to do the same workout day in and day out. Find unique and fun ways to get your heart rate up. Of course, any fitness you do will be in vain if you do not pair it with healthy eating and sleeping habits. That doesn’t mean you must deprive yourself. You can still enjoy the local fare, but do not overindulge yourself. Have quick, healthy snacks in single servings so that you are not tempted to buy fast food while on the road. And make sure you are getting adequate sleep. Olivia Nicholas is a writer, blogger, traveler and mom.  She manages her home business of Plug In Candles and in her spare time loves to read, write and travel.
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