3 Ways to Keep Fit When Full-Time RVing
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while constantly moving from campsite to campsite, immersed in nature's beauty, may seem like a given. However, for many of us, myself included, this is sadly not the case. Fortunately, there are several ways to stay fit and healthy, even if it means working off those indulgent meals such as your famous smash burgers, blue ribbon state fair winning baby back ribs, or late-night bowl of Lucky Charms after the kids have gone to bed. Let's explore the pros and cons of each option.
A tried and true method to get your heart rate up, outdoor activities offer a range of possibilities. It's amazing when you discover that one activity that becomes your passion and almost defines your identity. From kayaking and paddleboarding to hiking and rock climbing, the world truly becomes your playground. However, it's important to consider the following factors:
✔️ Engaging in activities you truly enjoy.
✔️ Exploring new and unique locations.
✔️ High-intensity workouts.
✖️ Inclement weather or unfavorable conditions can limit your options.
✖️ Limited to a specific activity.
✖️ Bulky equipment may require special storage, such as a bike or kayak rack.
✖️ Equipment costs can add up.
✖️ Additional planning required to find suitable areas for your chosen activity.
Resistance Bands (or other portable equipment):
If you prioritize portability, resistance bands, kettlebells, yoga mats, or small weights can be your fitness companions on the road. When traveling, space and weight considerations become crucial, and careful packing is essential. Here's what you need to know:
✔️ Lightweight and easy to pack (mostly).
✔️ Quick and easy setup and storage.
✔️ Versatile equipment that provides effective workouts.
✔️ Different workout settings and surroundings each time.
✖️ Requires enough space for exercising.
✖️ Unfavorable weather conditions can limit outdoor workouts.
✖️ Limited workout variations compared to a fully equipped gym.
✖️ Not appealing for those who prefer exercising indoors.
With nationwide gym chains offering a plethora of services, this option may be ideal for you. Planet Fitness often stands out in the fitness community due to its relatively low prices, the option to bring a friend or spouse, and amenities like showers. However, not all gyms are equal, and there are pros and cons to consider:
✔️ Many gyms offer nationwide access to their network of facilities.
✔️ Some gyms are open 24/7, allowing you to exercise at your convenience.
✔️ Diverse range of equipment to keep your workouts interesting.
✔️ Access to facilities such as showers and bathrooms.
✖️ Nationwide gym chains may not always have locations available where you are.
✖️ Gym quality can vary between locations in terms of cleanliness, equipment availability, and crowd density.
✖️ Dependence on driving to reach the gym.
Make sure to check back for a dedicated post on my experiences at different Planet Fitness locations across the country.
Undoubtedly, there are numerous other options available, and I have only highlighted the most popular ones that you have likely already considered. The best plans always include a backup plan, so regardless of which option you choose, be prepared to adapt if necessary. Keeping a set of resistance bands under your bed can be a lifesaver for those days or weeks when you are far from a gym. It will help you stay on track until your next destination!