Seeing the country by motorhome requires lots of driving. In just under 3 months we’ve driven nearly 4,000 miles in our motorhome and another 4,100 miles in our car. That’s more than 8,000 miles of driving between our 2 vehicles, about the same distance as between San Francisco and Melbourne. Not that you could drive that route, but it does give you an idea of just how much driving we’ve done.
Driving around the country in a motorhome lends itself to a lot of sitting, and sitting is now widely known to have negative effects on our overall well being. We chose this nomadic lifestyle because we enjoy it and don’t want to do anything that would shorten the time we have to do it. Knowing that a sedentary lifestyle leads to poor health, we’re doing our best to incorporate exercise into our road trippin’ routine.
The problem is this, there really is no “routine” when you’re living life on the road. Every day is different. Some days we’re super active and others we’re not. Just knowing we need to stay active to remain healthy is one thing, but doing something about it is another, so we’re trying to be intentional and creative about getting exercise.
We thought we’d share a few of the activities we’ve come up with to keep our bodies moving.
Most of our travel destinations are to places new to us and offer great opportunities for us to explore on our feet. Having a dog, particularly a large breed dog like our Doberman, means you’re going to be walking…a lot. In addition to dog walking, there are always interesting walks around the small towns and cities we visit. This provides 3 benefits; 1) we see some pretty cool places, 2) we meet some interesting folks, and 3) we get exercise. Small towns and large cities all offer great walking opportunities, their routes often populated with parks, memorials, restaurants and ice cream stores!
We bought of couple of bikes earlier this month, so now we ride for fun and for exercise. This has worked really well for exploring longer distances and providing Janey, our Doberman, with a good form of exercise. We’ve had to work at biking safely with Janey as she is lightly tethered to us, but she seems to know where to be. But we’re careful not to hold the leash too tight (hey, that’s a good life lesson) just in case she decides to tear out after a squirrel.
Biking is fun, practical and a great way to explore and get exercise all at the same time.
Biking on Mackinaw Island
We brought along our TRX Suspension Training gear, so no matter where we are camped, we can tie off to a tree, post or playground apparatus and get some really effective body weight training done. This is super helpful as muscle mass is lost an alarming rate at our age.
The TRX strap system is lightweight and portable brings the gym outdoors. That’s a nice way to workout and build muscle mass. Ice cream adds mass too, but the wrong kind!
TRX Training attached to a tree in our campground
The upside of all of this travel is that we’re definitely more active than we’ve been in quite awhile. The opportunity to travel without a tight schedule has been a real change to our pace of life. It’s slowed us way down. It’s taking some getting used to, but living life slow has been good for our minds and our bodies.
It’s an exercise everyone should try, even if just for an hour, a day or for the rest of your life.