4 EXERCISES TO REVITALIZE AFTER A LONG DAY OF DRIVING

If you feel like you’re tapped out of energy and your brain is mush after a long drive, join the club. I’m most definitely a member of THAT club, albeit unwillingly.

 

“Must-somehow-get-out-of-this-chair…”

 

Post-drive drowsiness is a real thing RVers have to deal with. We can blame our human physiology. Sitting for long periods slows circulation, which our body misinterprets as us attempting to fall asleep. It tries to help…by making us sleepy. Even though it’s probably the last thing you feel like doing at the end of a drive, exercise is a great way to wake back up and get your body functioning as it should be.

 

Here are 4 fantastic energy-producing exercises to try after your next road trip. Each one counteracts the joint compression that occurs from the sitting position, and will give you a caffeine-like boost to make you more alert. You’ll be able to tackle those hook-ups, set up your camp, AND get the campfire going like a champ.

 

FORWARD-LUNGE KICKWALK:

Begin with your left leg lunged forwards and your hands behind your head. Smoothly shift your weight onto the left leg as you lift your right leg and kick it forward before placing it down in a right-leg forward lunge. Continue to repeat taking alternating lunge steps forward, and kicking your leg before setting it down. Do 12 steps. Do this exercise slowly.

 

TABLE PLANKED KNEE CRUNCHES:

Place your hands on the table top and step your feet away so that your body is planked diagonally. Lift your left knee and lower your head as if trying to get your knee and nose to meet. Draw your belly button back towards your spine and allow your spine to round. Then, extend your left leg back and up without touching it down and lift your head so that your face is slightly angled up to the sky. Do 12, and then repeat on your right side.

 

 

CLAPPING WALL PUSHUPS:

Place your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width and step your feet back as far as you feel comfortable so you’re in a diagonal plank. Spread your fingers and turn them slightly in. Perform a pushup making sure your hips stay aligned with the rest of your body, your elbows come out to the sides, and your heels rise off the ground. Next, forcefully push yourself away from the wall until you’re standing with control and clap once. Repeat 12 times.

 

SIDE-LUNGE JACKS:

Stand with good upright posture, feet together, arms straight out so you’re making a “T”. Lunge sideways to the right, and bring your left hand to your right leg (advanced, touch your ankle; beginner, don’t lunge as deeply, just touch your inner thigh). Make sure on the lunge, you turn your toe out at a diagonal and ensure your knee follows the same pathway as the toe.  You want your non-lunging leg to remain straight. Step your feet back together, and now repeat the move on the left side, so that you are alternating sides each lunge. Repeat the move 12 times (once to the right and once to the left equals one repetition).

 

 

THAT’s all there is to it! And really, you don’t have to wait until the drive’s over to do these exercises. Try them throughout your drive each time you stop! The more you move throughout a long day of driving, the less extreme the post-drive fatigue will be. And who wants to be tired when you’re on an RV adventure!!!

Happy and healthy travels, all!

 

Trainer Stef from The Fit RV

OUR RV, OUR ADVENTURE BASE CAMP

Our RV, which we call “Lance,” is small.

Some of our family and friends don’t get it. When they learn we could have bought an RV 3 times as big for the same price, we get asked, “are you crazy??!!

But honestly, we prefer the simplicity of a small motorhome. It’s small enough that we’ve been forced to get rid of everything unnecessary and just travel with the basics. That alone is a pretty liberating feeling.

Besides, we didn’t get an RV to get IN there, we got an RV to get OUT there. We’re hikers and bikers and winter adventure lovers, so Lance is a convenient basecamp for all our outdoor pursuits.  Some of those places are pretty remote, and an RV any bigger than a campervan can’t always make the trek.

Here’s a look at three of our recent outdoor activities where Lance became the perfect adventure basecamp.

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COME BACK FITTER

Hello from The Fit RV Headquarters! James and I just got home from a whirlwind RV trip in the fantastic stat of Arizona.

The trip went off without a hitch, I’m happy to report. We finally got to bust out our bikes OUTSIDE! It’s been a long snowy winter in Utah, which meant the only biking we were getting was on the spin bike in our basement. Not nearly as fun as the real thing. So, the warm Arizona sun was a welcomed break. It felt great to temporarily shed my parka and pull on a pair of shorts.

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SPRING TWITTER PARTY

It’s Almost Spring; Let’s Talk RVing! Join Our Twitter Party and Win!

by Stefany Adinaro

Can you feel it, gang?!?! Spring is in the air!

 

With RV season just gearing up, James and I would like to invite you to join us on our upcoming Twitter Party, Thursday April 27th at 9pm EST (6pm Pacific) for some great conversations about hitting the road this spring.

 

We’ll chat about things like trip planning, getting the rig prepped for the road, and we’ll even collectively brainstorm some top bucket-list RV destinations.

 

And Did I Mention Prizes?!?

There will be two prize packs given out over the course of the hour. Each prize pack will include a $25 gift card AND some cool Go RVing swag…just for partying with us! (Prizing is open to U.S. residents only, sorry!)

 

Just What is a Twitter Party?

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter party before, it’s pretty simple and great fun. Think of it like sitting around a campfire and having a conversation with a bunch of friends, only it’s a cyber-campfire, so less pressure!

You’ll log in to your Twitter account at the designated party time. Make sure you’ve already “followed” our Twitter page @TheFitRV. We’ll be tweeting open-ended questions throughout the hour that always begin with “Q1, Q2, Q3… etc.”, and you respond with your own thoughts and suggestions by starting your tweet with “A1, A2, A3…etc.” Plus, you’ll always include the hashtag #GoRVing in your post…that’s super important since it’s the only way we can see your responses.

The key to participating in a Twitter party is following a specific hashtag. Our hashtag for this party is #GoRVing. All party posts will always include this hashtag, even the ones you post. That way, you can easily search the hashtag up in the Twitter search bar (then choose the “Latest” tab) and you’ll be able to see everyone’s responses, not just the hosts’.

The two prize packs are awarded at random, but here’s a key tip: Consider each of your “A” tweets as well as your replies to other partiers as an entry for the prizes. So the more you interact, the better your chances of winning a prize!

Sounds Great! How Do I Join?

To participate and be eligible for prizes, just follow these steps:

  1. Follow The Fit RV and Go RVing on Twitter.
  2. RSVP in the comments below by entering your Twitter handle.
  3. Show up for the party at 9pm EST, which will be hosted on @TheFitRV homepage. Remember to “refresh” frequently during the party so you won’t miss any of the “Q”s!
  4. Respond to our topics by starting your own tweet with “A1, A2, etc” (and also reply to other partiers’ responses) always making sure to use the #GoRVing hashtag in each tweet or reply.
  5. Pay attention to our announcements of winners throughout the hour! If your name comes up, we’ll have you message the Prize Patrol to arrange to collect your prizes.

 

It’s as easy as that. Can’t wait to chat with you at the party, gang! See you there!

FINDING BALANCE ON THE ROAD

Even though we’re part-timers, James and I have been on the road a lot lately.

 

 

James is fortunate. His day job allows him to work remotely, so it’s easy for him to hit the road. He’s actually pretty great at balancing work while still making the trip feel special.

 

 

I guess I’m to blame for why we aren’t out there RVing more. I’m a personal trainer and wellness coach, and even though others in my field can do that remotely, I feel I’m more effective working in person. But, that’s not the only reason we’re not full-timers.

 

I like the balance of having an actual home, and having the RV as a vacation, and keeping the two things separate. So when I told you we’ve been on the road a lot lately, you probably assumed that was a good thing. And…it usually is, but when the RV starts feeling a little too “home-like”…you know, the days start to look the same, or I’m less interested in exploring my surroundings … I start getting nervous. That’s when I know it’s time to head home.

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