Get close to
nature! Hiking, Biking and Boating are
wonderful activities and offer a change
Here are some tips and information to consider.
yourself and stay healthy.
Its been proven that activity sustains youth. New research shows you
can fix decades of inactivity in a surprisingly short time. UT southwestern Medical Center in Dallas trained five me, ages 50-51.
Thirty years earlier doctors had recorded each man's aerobic
fitness level. Now could they get it back? The guys started slowly, choosing a
modest jogging, walking, or cycling program, and setting a
fitness target of 75 percent of maximum heart rate.
first featured two
15 minute workouts. After that, exercise time increased 5 to 10
percent per week. At six months they were up to 4.5 hours a week and they regained their aerobic fitness levels
of 30 years earlier.
Beware of sitting and
driving for long hours. That's not healthy. Take a 5 minute break
every hour or so. Get out of the vehicle and walk around. If you use a Motorhome and find it convenient to fix
lunch while on the go you are forming a bad habit. I know, that's why you bought it. Well, just imagine sitting on a plane for ten hours. You
wouldn't like that and you would probably complain about it. The fact is, you will be tired and become cramped and hurt after a long time.
Get into the habit of
exercising and take a walk every day. Before you walk, stretch a bit.
Here is a set of
exercises that I do often do and I feel that it helps me keep limber and
fit. Use this sequence, five each, in both directions using a slow
motion. If you do these on a regular basis you can start doing a set
of ten after six weeks.
1.Start by bending
your head and neck forward (looking down) and back (looking up) five times in both directions, slowly. This
will loosen your neck. Be aware of dizziness. If you feel dizzy
sit down and do these exercises very slowly. Then go side to side.
2.Then do the shoulders
by moving in a circular motion. Five times one way and then 5 times the
3. Next the arms around
in big circles. Remember, five, both ways on each exercise and slowly.
4. Now without moving
your feet, turn with arms extended, like a "T", to the right as far as you can, as
if to point your right hand to the rear. Do this to the left also. It
will help the waist.
5. Bend to the left
with your right arm extended over the head and then bend to the right
bringing your left arm over the head. From one side to the other.
6. Now with hands on
hips bend forward and
turn your torso around to the left in a circle 5 times and then to the
right 5 times. Do this slowly and be careful not to get dizzy or lose
your balance. If you ever feel pain
or dizzy - STOP - SIT DOWN.
7. If you can't its
Raise your hands over your head and bend forward as far as you can
trying to touch your toes. Do this five times. It is better to not
bounce, just stretch, even if you cannot touch your toes. In time
you should be able to touch your toes without bending your knees.
8. Now try the
deep-knee-bends by squatting and then return to a standing position. Do this five times. If you
extend your arms out in front it will give you
balance. Use a chair in front of you for balance. This may be hard for older folks are anyone with knee
9. Sit on the floor and
put your legs straight out and bring them together. Start with your
arms above your head and reach for your toes. Return with your arms above your head and reach for your toes again.
10. Lie back on the
floor and put your legs straight up. Place your legs back on the floor
and try to sit up. Do this five times.
Try to set a schedule
of three or four times per week.
Consult your doctor
about these exercises, as some movements may not be good for everyone.
If you are younger and rather limber you should be able to work with
these suggestions. Don't strain or force yourself. Start with only
three sequences and when you are comfortable, do four and then
five. Performing these movements every day will make you more limber.
Now! Take a hike! or
ride a bike!
If you use these
exercises and find some good from it please let me know. E-mail the
bikes are great for RVers.
We found these folding
bikes at Camping World. They cost about $150 and are strongly built.
They fold into a compact
package and will fit into the back seat of a truck. We carry
two in the back seat, one on each side.
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Keeping up with healthy habits
becomes difficult, when it comes to RVing. Though your
eating habit and fitness regimen will be affected while
on the road, it is recommended to eat healthy and do
some bodyweight exercises. And for this, you need a
little prior planning. Get some compact and convenient
exercise equipment and focus more on bodyweight
exercises while travelling in your recreational vehicle.
Despite not being time consuming, such exercises are
effective and help to relax your sore muscles. If you
are driving, it is recommended to stop every couple
hours, get some fresh air and stretch your muscles.
Apart from cardio and abdominal
exercises, you can do exercises with a resistance band.
In fact, you can do a number of exercises using a
resistance band. These include shoulder presses, tricep
extensions, upright rows, and bicep curls. Better yet, a
resistance band is easy to store and is lightweight. You
can also opt for exercises like push-ups, yoga, vertical
leg raises, reverse crunches, traditional crunches,
bicycle crunches, and tricep dips (by using the seat in
your RV for the later).
In addition, you can even jump
ropes, go for brisk walk or jog once you are in the
camping ground. You can even be creative in your fitness
endeavors. Go for swimming, hiking, bicycling, or rent a
pedal boat if our destination and the weather allow for
such things. Also, make sure you maintain a healthy
eating and sleeping habits while RVing. Enjoy the local
fare, but don’t deprive yourself from proper diet and
adequate sleep. Avoid fast food; instead, have single
servings of healthy snacks while on the road.
Our Founding Fathers believed devoutly
that there was a God and that the inalienable rights of man were
rooted—not in the state, nor the legislature, nor in any other human
power—but in God alone.
—Tom Clark, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
It is impossible to rightly govern the
world without God and the Bible.
—George Washington, first American president