OK, I have a confession to make…I am totally addicted to exercise, I admit it.
I go INSANE when I don’t exercise every day. When I don’t exercise, I turn into a cross between a rabid grizzly bear and one of those nasty ogres from the Harry Potter movies.
And when you live in less than 300 square feet of space, this has a tendency to put a damper on your quality of life…
To put it mildly, its been a bit of a challenge while we’ve been RVing full time to exercise regularly. And when you live in a small space and your exercise of choice is lifting weights, how the hell do you bring a weight bench and weights in a full time RV?
I don’t think Lee Haney or Arnold ever had these issues.
It’s not like I don’t have other vices as well (do I have to mention them all here?)….but if push came to shove, I think I could give em all up except one: exercise.
Exercising in an RV Full Time
My wife thinks I’m totally obsessive compulsive on this exercise thing but I don’t think so. I gotta give her credit though, she knows when I need to exercise…its like she has a sixth sense and encourages me to do it. She even makes sure I have TIME to do it.
God bless her.
I kind of equate exercise to brushing your teeth. Exercise, like brushing your teeth, is something that I have to do every day (at least for me)…and in the case of brushing your teeth you gotta do it twice a day. But with exercising you only have to do it once a day (although it takes a little longer, especially if you brush like my kids).
The Full Time RV Workout
Anyway, my workouts now have consisted of shutting the door to our seven by nine foot bedroom and in the roughly19 square feet of space that isn’t taken up by the bed. I do push ups and curls (with the dumbbells I brought) until I either puke, pass out or collapse from exhaustion – whichever comes first.
Here is a picture of “the full time RV Gold’s Gym”…its really kinda pathetic:
Ahhhh how I miss the days of having my own private gym in my basement….
Surprisingly though, my workouts while RVing have actually been pretty good. Its kinda like P90X meets the Brady Bunch.
I do 50 push ups, the kids come in and harass me, then I go do another 50 push ups.
Did Mike Brady ever have this issue in HIS den?
Setting aside the annoying (although I do love my kids – but they are annoying at times, all kids are, don’t even think about refuting this point especially if you have kids) distractions aside, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I can do even with a severely limited space.
It may have to do with the fact that I have given in to the distractions in a sort of tai chi/feng-shui/ju-jitsu kind (no idea what any of these really are) of way and started using the distractions to make my workouts more efficient.
I heard somewhere that Sun Tzu would use the strength of his attackers against them to defeat his opponents.
Or maybe that was Bruce Lee?
I have no idea…
Anyway, here’s how I exercise while living in an RV full time.
How to Exercise While RVing Full Time
All Eastern philosophy that I clearly don’t understand aside, here’s what I do: Alex or Eli come into “the gym” and instead of me yelling at them to get out, I grab them and immediately instruct them to jump on my back while I’m doing push ups. I do these pushups until I can’t do any more.
And they jump off my back just before I am going to either stroke out…or dislocate my shoulder.
They seem to sense when to hop off. It is truly amazing.
In fact, I think its one of the miracles of RVing full time…like the Jesus in the slice of bread thing you hear about all the time in midwest.
It works out pretty well. In fact, these Bruce Lee workouts are some of the best workouts I have ever had…
In the nearly two months since I’ve been RVing full time, I haven’t gained any weight and I actually seem to be getting stronger. Its kinda crazy but it seems when I work out now in the RV, there is so little time, so many distractions that I know are on their way into the full time RV gym, that I work out DOUBLY hard and do it in half the time I used to do it in.
After all, I did Insanity and P90X, but I actually think my RV workout is harder…
Maybe I should record my workout, put it on video, do infomercials like Tony Horton, advertise on GoRVing.com and call it the “Full Time RV Bruce Lee/Feng Shui/Sun Tzu Workout”???
What do you think?
Post a comment below and let me know what you think. Trust me, I’ll respond…even if I’m mid-workout….