EXERCISE WHILE CAMPING
Yes, camping is meant to be a vacation and most people will want to have a break from exercise, however for those out there who don’t want to let their routine slip, let’s talk about some ideas to keep fit on a campsite.
BODY WEIGHT EXERCISES
Lunges, step ups, squats, push ups, tricep dips, crunches, planks, v-sits/v-ups all can be done without equipment and are really good for your muscles. Before camping watch some videos of these specific exercises and practice until you have the right technique. Think about what you are trying to achieve and research which of the exercises and how many repetitions will help you to achieve this, then write it down so while camping you can follow the routine.
EXERCISE/RESISTANCE BAND EXERCISES
Most gym equipment is far too heavy or bulky to be able to take away on your camping trip, but the one thing that easily fits in your bag is a resistance band. It can be used to practice all kinds of exercises such as rows, shoulder presses, tricep extensions, lat pull-downs, kickbacks, bicep curls and more. You only need a tree or chair or even your own feet to loop the band around and so many exercises are possible!
Again be sure to watch videos or ask a personal trainer to help you so you can learn the correct techniques for all these movements, the last thing you want is an injury because you thought you could just ‘wing it’!
APPRECIATING THE SCENERY EXERCISES
While camping you, of course, want to be in touch with nature, so try to do exercises that encourage this. For example, you should be walking, jogging or running around the campsite, swimming in the river or lake or hiking the nearby trails. If you know where you’re camping try to find out more information about the trails and take precautions so that you do not get lost. For more extreme people why not try rock climbing or rappelling, it’s a huge adrenaline rush and a great way to keep fit outdoors. Sure it may be a big commitment to get all the gear and do the training but for many, it becomes a fun hobby and well worth the investment.
Don’t forget to pack some sporting equipment so that you can exercise while having fun with your friends and family. Take a volleyball net that can be used on the ground or over water and of course the ball that you could use for soccer as well. To make it more competitive and fitness-focused, suggest punishments for losing teams such as 20 push-ups or 5 laps of the campsite.
Backyard cricket rules can always be changed in order to get people moving more, with ‘tippety’ run and extra runs if you run as well as hitting the ball for a four or six. Rugby and AFL are great but need a lot of room, so think about some adaptations that can match your campsite and still include lots of moving around (not just kick to kick).
Do you have any more ideas about keeping fit while camping? Share your ideas below.