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November 9, 2013
Staying Healthy while on the Road

Traveling around in an RV is certainly a lifestyle of leisure. Heck, it called a “recreational vehicle,” it’s supposed to be 
leisurely! And while leisure and relaxation are undoubtedly two things that are highly important to the RV-traveler, at 
some point, health has to come into play or your RV lifestyle might be short-lived.
So how can you stay in shape without a gym membership, a barbell or even a full kitchen? It certainly seems difficult, 
right? The good news for you is that staying fit while traveling is a lot easier than you might think.

As you probably could have guessed, it all starts with exercise. Adopting an exercise routine will cause you to place 
more emphasis on your health and might even cause you to trade the burger and fries for a salad. 
And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a gym membership to workout. Your exercise equipment is all around 
you! 

Instead of hopping on a treadmill, go for a walk around the campsite a few times a week; bump it up to a run if you’re 
feeling especially adventurous. If your campsite backs up to the woods, then go for a hike! Play a game of volleyball 
or frisbee with some friends you’ve met at camp. Keeping your cardiovascular system in check is as simple as 
staying active throughout the week.

I know what you’re thinking: “What about strength workouts? Won’t I need some type of equipment for that?” 
Nope! Your body is already equipped with all the exercise equipment you need. Bodyweight squats are great for the 
legs, and push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups will be your bread and butter for the upper body. For a description of some 
of these exercises, as well as a massive list of other exercises you can do without a gym, check out this article by 
Laura Schwecherl of greatist.com. http://greatist.com/fitness/50-bodyweight-exercises-you-can-do-anywhere

It’s not necessary for you to plan out every day of the week with an exercise routine, just make it your goal to strength 
train 2-3 times per week, and engage in cardiovascular activity 2-3 times per week as well.
What about diet?

The majority of Americans know what healthy food is: fruits, vegetables, a few starches like pasta, some good fats 
like olive oil, and meat and fish in moderation. The hard part isn’t knowing what to eat, it’s actually eating it. So make 
it as easy on yourself as possible. Instead of buying super-fresh vegetables that might go bad in a few days and take 
3 hours to cook, start with some frozen veggies you can microwave. And instead of drastically changing your diet all 
at once, take small steps to eat healthier. For example: instead of having fries as a side with your hamburger, heat 
up some broccoli, or have some celery and ranch. This ensures that you do not become overwhelmed, but also that 
you are taking constant steps to be healthier. 

Staying healthy while traveling in an RV may require a little more effort than what it does at home. However, health is 
a choice and once you make the decision, maintaining the lifestyle is much easier than you think!




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