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RV Fitness: Summer Water Activities for the Body and Mind

 

When the temperature rises and you need to blow off steam, drive your RV to your nearest pool, river or lake to get your body moving. Water activities allow you to exercise while staying cool and take the stress out of your body and off your joints after a long travel day. Below you will find some of the best water activities to stretch your limbs, strengthen your muscles and take the troubles of the day away.

 

Guest Post By Meagan Nobel 

Some basic activities that you can do in any body of water are swimming, water aerobics and underwater weight training. As long as you are moving your body underwater, you will feel the resistance. This will get your heart rate up while toning your muscles. Swimming is a total body workout that will increase strength, agility, flexibility, cardiovascular health and metabolism.  Water aerobics and weight training will allow you to strengthen specific muscle groups while increasing your heart rate, which improves your cardiovascular health.

 

Try these aerobic exercises on your next RV river trip:

Aqua jogging in place: Jog in shoulder deep water. You can do this for any preferred amount of time.

Flutter kicks: Hold on to the side of the pool while kicking legs up and down. Repeat 20 times. Aim for three rounds.

Leg lifts: Stand in shoulder deep water while lifting one leg out to the side. Repeat 10 times on each leg.

Torso twists: Stand in shoulder deep water, hold arms out to the side and turn to the right then to the left. Do this until fatigue.

Weighted exercises (you can use water weights or water bottles):

Bicep curls: Stand in shoulder deep water, elbows tucked tight to your side, palms facing up.  Curl the weights or water bottles up to a 90 degree bend or all the way up to your shoulders.  Repeat 10 times.

Arm raises: Stand in shoulder deep water, arms straight at your side palms facing your hips.  Raise weights or water bottles to shoulder height then lower to starting position. Repeat 10 times.

Flies: Stand in shoulder deep water with weights or water bottles in front of you and in front of your chest with palms facing each other. Pull your shoulders back and move your arms out, as though you were going to hug someone. Bring the weights back to the front. Repeat 10 times.

Karate punch: Stand in shoulder deep water. Hold your water weights up close to your chest. Punch out into the water, and then pull the weight back. Repeat 10 times alternating arms.

Rows: Stand in shoulder deep water. Hold your water weights up close to your chest as you did with the karate punch. Put your arms out in front of your body with your palms facing down. Now pull both of your arms forcefully back to your chest using your arms and shoulders.  Repeat 10 times.

 

If you are lucky enough to have a great spot by a river or lake, the water will help relax you and get you in the mood for some other water activities. These activities do require equipment, but you can easily rent them at most campgrounds or docks.

Kayak/Canoe: A great activity for all fitness levels, you can explore solo or with a partner. Enjoy a range of physical activity while kayaking or canoeing. Opt for a nice and easy ride on calmer waters or really get an upper body workout on a river with a strong current.

Stand Up Paddleboard: This activity is a total body workout. You stand on a paddleboard, which is a thicker version of a surfboard, and paddle to move through the water. It may take a few times to get the hang of balancing, but once you are comfortable it is a fantastic total body workout! The first few times practicing should be on a calm, sunny day with little or no current.

Jet Skiing: A great activity for those who want the thrill of riding the waves at high speeds.  Always make sure to wear a life vest and give other riders plenty of room to maneuver at a safe distance.

Tubing/Waterskiing/Wakeboarding: All of these activities require a speedboat. Tubing is great for all ages and skill levels, while waterskiing and wakeboarding will require some practice and upper body strength to hold the tow rope. Also, just being a passenger in the boat will bring a smile to your face and is also good for all ages and skill levels!

Fishing: For those with patience and who enjoy the solitude, fishing either onshore or on a boat will allow you the quiet time you need to soothe your soul.

Now that summer is in full swing, I hope you are able to get your RV on the road and find your perfect watering hole to enjoy.  And if you are home and not able to enjoy a pool, river or lake, then may I suggest turning on the sprinklers and running through them. Let your inner kid shine through and enjoy your summer!

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