Five Ways To Stay Fit In Your RV

September 12th, 2011

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My husband and I are living out our retirement dreams by traveling in a 30 foot travel trailer for extended periods of time, sometimes up to 5 months. We have a gym membership that we use while we are home, but while we are traveling keeping in shape becomes more of a challenge. Here are five simple ways to maintain your fitness while Rving.

  1. Yoga – Yoga is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your body and mind and is a tremendous way to start the day. I have been doing yoga for about 30 years now, and it is an essential part of my daily routine. I highly recommend the Rodney Yi morning yoga routine on the “AM and PM Yoga” DVD because it is very gentle on your body and easy for beginners. The best thing about doing yoga while camping is that you can do it outdoors, and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.
  2. Floor exercises – I do about 100 stomach crunches followed by some core stability and abdominal exercises such as the plank and side plank. Click here to see some good abdominal exercises.
  3. Weight Work – Weight work is essential to maintain bone strength and prevent osteoporosis as you age. We carry 2, 5, and 10 pound weights and a stretch band. Included in my workout are curls, hammer curls, front and side deltoid raises, upright rows and triceps extensions. Free weights are great because of the variety of exercises they allow you to do. I use a stretch band around a chair to do seated rows. I try to do my weight work routine about three to four times a week. About.com has great exercise pages that can help you with your weight workouts.
  4. Walking – Since we are in such beautiful locations, I try to take full advantage of the wonderful hiking trails that are available to us while we are camping. I try to get at least two miles a day in, sometimes much more. I walk my dog every morning for about a mile, and repeat this at night. Any additional walking is a bonus.
  5. Biking – We try to get in a good bike ride around three times a week. I especially like to burn off part of my dinner by taking a bike ride about an hour after we eat.

The most important thing that you can do is to maintain consistency. It can be difficult to stick to a routine, since while you are traveling you always feel as if you are on vacation and it is easy to take a day off. However, you have to push yourself if you want to stay healthy and continue to enjoy the traveling life style.

Return to Goose Point Campground

September 6th, 2011

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We have found a new favorite place to camp in Goose Point campground, right outside of Bassett, VA.  This outstanding Army Corps of Engineers Park  captured our hearts while we were traveling on our trip of a lifetime  out to California and back.  It was one of our first stops, and we were only able to stay for three days.  We loved it so much that we vowed to return for a longer stay.   This August we managed to go back for a two week stay, and although we had a few glitches in our trip, it was a wonderful two weeks.  We took our canoe with us, and really got to enjoy the absolutey gorgeous pristine Philpott lake this time.  There are many wonderful campsites right on the lake.  We stayed in campsite 29 which has a beautiful view, but is small for a thirty foot trailer.  Also,  the site for the trailer is unlevel with a large uphill slant, so you have to really jack  your trailer up.   There was no room left on the site for the truck unless we wedged it right next to the trailer, which was a real challenge.   However, we had a great time fishing, swimming, boating and just relaxing and enjoying the mountain air and the view of the lake.   We will definately go back again, probably next summer.

Chincoteague

August 8th, 2011

We just returned from a wonderful few days at Tom’s cove in Chincoteague VA.   We’ve been camping at Tom’s Cove for 25 years now, and still love Chincoteague, although we are finding Tom’s Cove is becoming more and more expensive to stay at.   Their sites have gone up on the waterfront from $40.00 to around $60.oo including the 10% tax that the state and town charge.

Our usual activities include going to the beach in the daytime, and driving around the wildlife loop where you can see plenty of wildlife and wildfowl including deer, ducks, egrets, and of course the famous wild Chincoteague ponies.  We even saw an eagle perched in the tree that we have seen a pair nesting in previous years.  Chincoteague has a pony auction that is sponsered by the firemen, who own the wild ponies.  The ‘Saltwater Cowboys’ of the fire department swim the herd  from the wildlife refuge into the town where they hold a carnival and auction off some of the young ponies.  We arrived right after the auction week, and there were still some ponies that had been sold but were too young to take away from their mothers so they were being held in a pen by the fire house.  We had two of our grandaughters with us, and they were enchanted as always by the babies.  We could only stay for five days this trip, but this is one of our very favorite places, so we will surely be back there again soon.

Yosemite – Our Favorite National Park

July 18th, 2011

In the spring of 2010 Bob and I traveled from New Jersey to California, then up the coast the Oregon, Washington and finally to Vancouver Island.   We had been across country about three times bofore I retired, but this trip was going to cover 14000 miles, truly the Trip of a Lifetime.  Along the way we got to see 11 National Parks, but our favorite was Yosemite.  When we left, we were sure that we would love Glacier National Park the best, but Yosemite really captured our hearts.  The breathtaking scenery is something that we will never forget.   We could see why John Muir was captivated by this spectacular park.