Staying active while on the road is easier than you think. You don’t need any equipment, or a gym membership to have a great workout, just grab a water bottle and a towel that you can use as a mat. Here are some tips and workout ideas to help you stay moving while you are camping.
If you are at a campground with Wi-Fi or cellphone service, you can do an at home workout video from YouTube at your campground. YouTube is a great resource to find many different types of workouts that don’t require any equipment. You can also download workout videos in advance and then just play them without needing any phone service or Wi-Fi. Some great free workout channels on YouTube are, Yoga with Adriene and Chloe Ting Fitness.
Another great way to get moving and workout is to play sports. There are so many fun outdoor sports to try that are also a great workout. Paddle boarding, kayaking, beach volleyball, surfing, tennis, soccer, basketball, football, and Frisbee are fun ways to workout.
- Running, walking and hiking: Find campgrounds that are near trails or walking paths. Start your day with some exercise and hit a trail for a jog or a walk. Many campgrounds have designated trails which are great for exercising. Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to get moving no matter where you are.
- Swimming: Swimming is a great cardio workout! One hour of swimming burns almost as many calories as running, without the impact on your bones. Finding swimming holes in Florida is easy because you are never too far away from the water. Look for campgrounds near a river, spring or ocean and go for a swim.
- Tip: Some campgrounds have bikes for rent, and cycling is another great way to get a cardio workout in.
Circuit training is a great workout because you can alternate between several exercises that target different muscle groups
Circuit workout: Do this circuit three times, or as many as you would like.
– Start by doing 30 seconds of jumping jacks, and some light stretching to warm up your body.
– 20 squats
– 20 lunges on each leg
– 20 pushups
– 20 tricep dips (try using the ledge of the van when you open the door, or a picnic bench)
– 20 crunches
– 20 sit ups
– 30 second plank hold
Yoga is a great way to stay active while camping, especially after a long day of driving. All you need for yoga is a towel that you can use for a mat. If you are at a campground with cell service you can watch a guided yoga YouTube video, or you can try these great poses.
- Child’s Pose: Great for stretching lower back, thighs, hips, ankles, and knees. It is relaxing stretch that is great after a long day in the car.
- Downward-Facing Dog: Helps strengthen arms, back, shoulders, and arms while it helps stretch the back of your legs.
- Tree Pose: Great for helping balance and strengthen your legs, back and even core. Focus on your breathing and find one spot at eye level to lock your focus on to help you balance.