Staying in shape is a common topic of discussion no matter what lifestyle you are living.  After a little over 2 years of traveling full time, I realize that this lifestyle is no different.  Believe it or not, I do get asked how I stay in shape.  Honestly, that isn’t a question I thought I would ever get asked.  I mean, seriously, if you think about it, it seems kind of strange.  At least to me it does.

Put it this way.  What do most of my social media and blog posts talk about?  Hiking, climbing and exploring.  Plain and simple.  I go out often and push myself and my body to the max.  I go until I can’t go anymore and sometimes even then, I have to keep going because collapsing in the middle of the desert just isn’t an option.  For instance, a few days ago I decided that I needed to push myself and start training with a heavier pack.  (My goal is to start backpacking next year and to do the PCT for my 40th.)  So, I took a 11.2 mile hike through the desert with 5 liters of water, a sandwich, chips, Gatorade chews, a protein shake, a protein muffin and 2 clementines.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve done 11 miles before but never with a pack that was 1/5 of my weight.  Let me tell you, I will never do that again.  At least not that trail.  Not because of the pack or the mileage but because of the trail.  Alltrails did not disclose that this 11.2 mile hike is through deep sand (difficult to do regularly), walking an ATV trail and in direct sun the entire way.  Not only that, it has a 1,000 foot elevation gain.  And most of that was just on one hill that I needed to go up.

squaw trail
staying in shape
bok choy burritos

So, back to the topic.  Seems strange that someone would ask me how I keep in shape but the truth is, it is actually a very good question.  Yes, I push myself outdoors, I do a lot of work around the RV, miscellaneous jobs and truth be told, I’m not very good at sitting still (yes, that makes blogging difficult, lol).  Truth is I actually do much more than that.  I work out and eat healthy too.  Believe it or not I cook more now than I ever did in sticks n bricks.  Yep, that’s not a typo.  Not only do I cook more but I also make my own pestos, have my own basil plants, make my own ice creams, salsas, dressings, etc.  Yeah, that sounds kind of silly considering I went from a huge kitchen, with lots of space for prepping and cooking to a space where my counter space is my kitchen table, which also serves as where I eat, work, hold dishes and my catch all.

After being asked so often I decided that I would start giving away some of my favorite recipes and put them all in one easy to access spot.  If you want some new, fresh, healthy recipes click here.  (I have a lot more that I need to add)  As far as workouts go I have been doing different challenges and regimens from Betty Rocker.  Yep, cheap, online and leaves me in a pile of sweat, sore and feeling great about myself.  Truth be told, if you want to stay in shape you can’t just rely on hiking and outdoor activities.  You need to train some of your other muscles too.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a long way to go, but that’s also because I love wine, twizzlers and chips too much.  Hahahaha.  Hey, I’m just being honest.  But eating healthy primarily and being a part of these Betty Rocker Challenges has really helped me maintain my weight, tone out and build muscles.  (I am not making any money off of this.  I am just simply sharing what I do).

staying in shape
staying in shape
staying in shape

Now, what works for me might not work for you or you may not even want to.  I’m just simply sharing what I do, my experiences and hoping that if you are looking for a change, that maybe I can contribute to that by what I do.  It is not easy to stay healthy and fit in this lifestyle.  You are living in a small quarters, cleaning the place is less daunting, you don’t have stairs to run up and down every time you need something or forgot something (basically everything is right there for you all the time)  and having a nice cold glass of wine or beer when the sun is beating down and there are mountains in front of you is really easy to get used to.  My advice: decide what you are and aren’t willing to do and do it.  Don’t make excuses.  If you can figure that you will make excuses than don’t go with that plan because you will fail.  If getting healthy and in shape is a goal and you are determined to do it, then forget excuses and just do it.  If it’s something you would like to do but aren’t very dedicated, don’t set yourself up for failure.  Only you can decide if it’s important enough for you to stick to.  Good luck 😊