How to Stay Fit While Camping

How to Stay Fit While Camping

We’ve talked before about ways to stay healthy and fit when you’re on a long RV road trip. But many RVers are also avid campers. So, what can you do to get in some exercise when you’re at a campground for a few days?

Some of the options are obvious. You’re surrounded by nature, so use it! Go for a long hike, go kayaking, or play a game of catch with the kids. You’ve got a fantastic outdoor gym at your disposal, so don’t be afraid to switch up your workout routine and have fun.

But, if you’re looking for a few more fitness ideas to stay in shape while you’re camping, we’ve got you covered.

Bring Some Gear

Most of the things you can do while camping involve a lot of cardiovascular activity. That’s great for burning calories and breaking a sweat. But, if you’re into weight training, you might run into a problem.

You’re not going to bring your entire weight set with you or pack a few dumbbells into your rig. But, you can pack one or two things that will make a big difference.

One option is to bring a kettlebell. It’s compact, easy to store away, and can be used in so many different ways. You can use a kettlebell during a cardio workout to add in some strength-building moves or use it on its own to focus on your arms and legs. Have you ever done squats with a kettlebell? If so, you know it’s a burn like no other!

If you want to take up even less space with your gear, consider packing some resistance bands. You can find them in a variety of different “strengths” depending on your fitness level and how much resistance you actually need to build muscle. They’re extremely lightweight and take up virtually no space. Plus, you can use them anywhere.

Try Something Different

When you’re surrounded by nature, it’s a perfect opportunity to fit something new into your exercise routine. Even if you’re a cardio and strength-building individual, take advantage of your surroundings to try something like yoga or pilates.

Being outside and performing some stretches or using your body weight to build strength can make your workout more enjoyable. Plus, yoga can help to relax you, improve your balance and flexibility, and even improve the way you work out in other areas.

Get the Family Involved

It can be hard to stay motivated when you’re on a camping trip. It’s tempting to relax and sit by the fire or the grill all day. While there’s nothing wrong with that, camping also shouldn’t be an excuse to let go of your fitness goals.

One way to stay motivated is to get the whole family involved in an exercise routine. Get up early with everyone for a family hike, or plan an afternoon of swimming together. When everyone is on board, it’s easier to enjoy yourself while breaking a sweat.

It’s easier than you might think to stay fit while camping. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, try new things, and stay committed to your goals. 

Sep 14th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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