New Year’s is one of America’s favorite holidays. And for good reason. Besides celebrating the night with friends and family, shooting off fireworks, and maybe even getting a New Year’s kiss, there’s one thing that comes with the new year that excites people the most, and that’s opportunity to set and achieve resolutions.
We all set New Year’s resolutions. From trying new foods, going on more adventures, to spending more time with loved ones, there’s always something we can do to improve the quality of our lives. Many of them seem achievable enough, but the resolution that gives people the most trouble is usually the one about health and fitness.
Getting in shape and making healthy choices is hard enough as it is, now add RVing to the mix and it can feel very overwhelming to stick to your goals. How can you make sure to keep the health resolutions you promised you’d achieve this year? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Bring the Right Food
One of the reasons it’s so easy to break your meal plan is because of how simple it is to access unhealthy food. When traveling in an RV, especially if you’re far from a real grocery store, or healthy restaurant, you’ll tend to grab a pop tart or whatever other quick unhealthy processed food you have available.
A simple way to fix that habit is by only packing healthy foods for your trip in the first place. Stock your RV with things like fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, and other things like this. With that technique, you’ll have to go out of your way to eat unhealthy. Use the fact that you’re in the middle of nowhere to your advantage, instead of your detriment.
There’s no need to go crazy. By replacing one unhealthy item you’d normally eat, with a healthy one, you’re making progress! Instead of soda or sugary juices, bring water bottles. Try oatmeal instead of sugary cereal and drinking almond milk instead of cow’s milk. Instead of bringing donuts or candy with you, bring healthy bars or low-calorie snacks. You’d be surprised to know that being in an RV can make your goals easier!
Exercising on the Road
Getting exercise is another thing that seems challenging if you’re traveling by RV, but it doesn’t actually have to be. RVers get the chance to experience parts of the world that others don’t get to. Do more than sightsee at them. For example, take a hike through a beautiful trail, swim in the ocean, or run laps down a nice park. Exercise doesn’t always have to mean “working out.”
On the other hand, if you do want to do a serious regimen, there are tons of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own rig (or just outside it). You can do push ups, sit ups, dips on a bench, yoga/pilates with a view, etc. if you absolutely must have a gym, no problem! Get a membership from a gym you can find anywhere. Many of the large gyms allow you to use any one of their locations when you join. Just because you’re RVing doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll always be in the wilderness. Do your research to find gyms that have chains all over the country. When you hit major cities, find yours and get a workout in. Then, when you leave, you can do the same thing in the next city.
The Biggest Key of All
At the end of the day, the best tip to make sure you keep your promise and get healthy this new year is to put yourself in the right mindset. Don’t allow the fact that you’re on the road to mess with your head. As we can see, there are many tricks you can do to even use the fact that you’re traveling to your advantage. Encouragement and inclusion are the ways to do this. Since you’re most likely traveling with others, see if the other members of your group want to join in your pursuits. Accountability is huge. And it’s not easy to skip a workout or healthy meal when you’re all so tightly together.
Sticking with your New Year’s Resolution may not always be easy, but you can do it. If you get off track, eat a cheat meal, or have to skip a workout because of where you are, no worries! Get back into a routine as soon as you can. It’s still early in the year after all. With a few hacks and a little encouragement and accountability, you can be well on your way off to a new year, a new mindset, and a new you.