RV Travel – A Healthier Choice for 2009

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January 6, 2009

by Guest Blogger, Ted Kasper

The most popular New Year’s Resolutions for 2009 involve getting more exercise, eating healthier, and spending more time with family and friends. Those resolutions are easy to keep, if you own an RV.

RV travelers do more than just hit the road in their vehicles. RVing families get outside and walk, bike, jog, rollerblade and hike—whether it’s down small-town streets, over miles of trails, or through landscaped campgrounds.

Increasing activity while on the road, escaping stress, recharging batteries, and bonding/reconnecting with family members all help explain why RVers feel happier and healthier than if they didn’t RV. In addition to enjoying time with the family members (including the family pet!) they bring along, the majority of RVers report that they make trips to relax and catch up by visiting family and friends.

RVs reduce vacation stress by allowing travelers to control their own schedule and timetable, by keeping the family relaxed in familiar surroundings, and by making spur-of-the-moment getaways possible by leaving the RV packed with the staples needed to head out of town with little planning. And, since rest contributes to overall physical health, sleeping in a familiar, comfortable bed plays a major role in recharging the body’s batteries, something most travelers say they can’t obtain by staying in strange hotels along the way.

The fact that RVers can continue to adhere to their diets and solid nutritional habits may also be a factor in their healthier lifestyles. Maintaining everyday-eating patterns is something not easily accomplished while waiting around airport terminals, staying in hotels, and eating in restaurants. RVs make mealtime decisions easy because not only are they equipped with on-board pantries and cabinets for non-perishable storage, ovens/stoves, microwaves and outdoor grills for cooking, and refrigerators/freezers to store your favorite meal ingredients, but also, RVs boast ample power and storage for food processors, blenders, convection ovens and other preparation essentials.

So stock the RV pantry and fridge, grab your gear, a pair of comfortable shoes and your favorite traveling companions, and hit the open road because good health can’t be found in a bottle, but it can be found in an RV campground.

If you’re in Michigan, be sure to check out a MARVAC RV Show … RV shows are great places to learn more about RVing, and find great places to camp. There’s the Flint Camper & RV Show February 5-8, 2009 at the Perani Arena & Event Center in Flint, and the Detroit Camper & RV Show, February 11-15, 2009, at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. See http://www.marvac.org/rvshows.html for more information.

Sources: MARVAC and Go RVing

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  2. Helen

    We are newly retired and are starting to rv much more frequently, with a long trip from coast to coast planned. We are really trying to bike, hike, and walk our dogs a lot, and focus on eating healthy food. That’s not to say that we are fanatical about any of this, but one frustration we have is that many RV’ers are sedentary. We’d like to find a group we could camp with that does more that do more than eat (often bad-for-you group meals), and play games that don’t require much exertion. We like the social part, but it’s difficult when we have to choose between doing a long bike ride by ourselves, or eating donuts with the group. Have yet to find a group that fits that profile!

  3. lynn

    Hi Ted, thanks so much for your great article. It’s great to read someone who is keeping the message positive and reminding us all that health is in your hands and we have a great lifestyle to achieve high levels of fitness, our own built in gym on wheels. Yours, Lynn