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Old 04-08-2018, 09:51 AM   #1
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Question Fitness: 3 months in an RV vs. 3 months in a space ship

Is the only difference gravity? I just returned from a 3 month excursion and I feel weak, atrophied as if I just got back from the moon. Oddly I even lose weight on these trips, my 2 1/2 month trip last fall I lost 15 lbs, this past trip probably a few more. It's probably mostly from walking the dog which I don't have to do at home. I am not a gym fanatic but I do go a few times a week (at certain sun and lunar positions) just to try and maintain some muscle tone. I'm in my early 50's. Oh, I recently got a mountain bike to ride while on RV trips, I didn't use it that much but hopefully will use it more in the future but it still doesn't help with muscle in the upper body I suppose.

So what do you do to keep from withering away while RVing? Do you take weights along? Have some routine such as pushups or something to keep in the direction of fitness? I even bought protein shake mix to try to keep protein intake up although I do love to grill so I eat plenty of meat.

Share your fitness and muscle strengthening suggestions as an RVer please. Of course the next step is DOING IT.

Short version: What do you do for strength training while RVing?

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Old 04-08-2018, 09:53 AM   #2
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Take out the trash and walk the dog! Walk DW too !

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Old 04-08-2018, 09:55 AM   #3
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I use the SWORKIT app on my iPhone...works muscles that RVing doesnít!
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:02 AM   #4
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While going through cardiac rehab (again) I got into the habit of waking 3-5 miles every day at a moderate pace. Lost a lot of weight (also changed diet). Take the dog most days and she just loves it. Doesn’t take much effort, time or room to do some planks, squats, or stretches. When we go to state parks, go through the same routines of walking for miles.

Going on a 30 day trip out west later this spring. Not sure how I’ll manage to do the exercise but it is a must.

On edit... If you are sitting on the seat while peddling on pavement then you won’t work the upper body much. So stand on the pedals, and go find a trail to ride.
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:11 AM   #5
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We walk a lot (4-5 miles a day) and some times carry 5 pound weights to work the upper body while walking, walk the dog, use our bikes every couple of days as well as conditions permit. I am 68 and DW is 62. Keeping active is sooooooo important.
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We hit up local gyms where we're at. We also carry a small selection of kettlebells (3), dumbells(2 pairs), resistance bands, and a TRX. For us, the ability to get a workout in is a priority, so we make room for it.
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Old 04-08-2018, 11:13 AM   #7
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I use SKLZ training bands and their quick change handles. Very happy with them. Also push ups. My routine is sets of 100. Started out with sets of 50 and worked my way up. So I do as many as I can at one time, then rest, then continue until I get to 100. Learned the routine from Jocko (Ex Navy Seal). I Just turned 53 and in better shape than I have been in a log time. Also cycle 10-14 hours a week. Want motivation? https://tim.blog/2017/10/20/discipline-equals-freedom/
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Old 04-08-2018, 02:18 PM   #9
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We walk a lot but I need the cardio due to that pesky heart disease. Should be dead heart attack, stroke, and a few stents.

Nothing beats a daily 4 -5 mile run.

Don't do strength training, never have, never will.

Waste away while on the road? Nope, no chance, we eat a lot better on the road than at home.

Not so healthy on the road, very healthy at home.
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Walk the dog to new places. Try to walk at least 1/2 mile 3 times a day. And try not to forget the poo bags....
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I spend a fair amount of time walking the dog. The rest of the time I'm doing 12 oz. curls.
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Originally Posted by Badlands Bob View Post
I spend a fair amount of time walking the dog. The rest of the time I'm doing 12 oz. curls.
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Fitness, walking

Where ever we stay, I grab a Walmart bag or 2 from the holder under the sink and walk a block or 2 picking up things that don't belong there. I also do it on my block at home, the last 2 weeks I found a Apple phone, a wallet and a visa card with a chip. I found the owners of all 3 and returned them. My block is clean too.

I make a effort to leave a place cleaner than I found it.
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Unexplained weight loss and feeling weak is something to ask your doctor about.

Before I had open heart surgery I felt weak and tired a lot. Now my wife calls me the Energizer Bunny.

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