While it may be challenging to maintain health and fitness on the road, it is certainly achievable with these easy tips.
Participate in a variety of activities.
Take advantage of the great outdoors, by engaging in activities such as, hiking, rock climbing, diving, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking or mountain biking. Exercise should not be a chore during your travels, yoga, jogging, swimming are all easy and free ways to keep moving. Pack a frisbee, basketball, soccer ball, volleyball, tennis or golf ball and you may just find some flat ground to play on.
Plan your Workout
Experience the peaceful surroundings that comes with exercising in the morning. You are less likely to skip your workout and may even see some furry friends awakening.
Create an exercise plan that is achievable and place it somewhere you look or walk past regularly. The plan should include a variety of activities for example, if you are a runner, try intervals, sprinting and long runs throughout the week. Running is a no expense activity and offers an immersive way to explore a new town or area you visit during your travels. Compared to driving, running tends to be more sensory and experiential, while still covering more ground than walking.
If you miss going to the gym, pilates, or spin class, try bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, squats, lunges, and planks they can be done anywhere, anytime. This makes fitness easy on the road, as it requires little to no equipment. Resistance bands are lightweight and easy to pack, also making them a great option for on-the-go workouts. These bands come in a variety of strengths and can be used for a full-body workout. There are also countless apps and YouTube videos available that provide bodyweight workout routines and fitness advice.
Self-Care is vital
Regular meditation practice can help calm the mind, reduce symptoms of anxiety, and improve overall mental wellbeing and sleep quality. By meditating you lower the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in the body. Practice self-care by taking breaks, journaling, reading, or doing other relaxing activities that help unwind and de-stress.
Training your mind to focus on the present moment can improve driving concentration and attention. This often cultivates an awareness and gratitude for your surroundings and the environment.
Remember the simple things
During your travels sleep is crucial for maintaining good health and energy levels, especially when driving for long distances day after day. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night and establish a regular sleep routine to help you fall asleep and wake up easier. Water is also essential to drink throughout the day, especially if traveling through hot and dry climates. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and other health problems, so make sure to carry a water bottle and refill it often.
It's a good organisational habit to plan out your snacks throughout the day, such as trail mix, granola bars, and fresh fruit. Consider how you will store food while camping, such as overnight oats in a 12V fridge. Plan meals by prepping the ingredients, cooking equipment and meals in advance. It is easiest to plan your meals around the equipment you have available.
REDARC’s Pure Sine Wave Inverter is a very useful accessory for your vehicle, providing all the power you would use at home. Plug in any device such as, juicers, air fryers, recipes on your laptop and other health related ‘plug-ins’ that you would normally use at home.
For more information on the benefits of Pure Sine Wave Inverters, check out Justin from Patriot Campers video.