While you’re busy traveling the world in your VW Bus it’s hard to keep fit and easy to let your health take a backseat. Hours of driving time and the lack of healthy food availability can really take their toll. Keeping fit and healthy can be a serious Buslife challenge. In this article, we have some tips and advice on how to keep physically fit, although mental fitness is also a by-product. For more on mental wellness, try this article instead.
Keep fit by taking advantage of the outdoors
Traveling is all about the adventure! Take advantage of the amazing places you’ll get to see by experiencing them with excitement. These are just a few options you can choose to keep fit depending on where you’re traveling.
This is one of the easiest and scenic options for exercise. The most rigorous hikes have the most rewarding outcomes. Pack a backpack with water and healthy snacks and set out for the day. This is also a chance to see places you can’t get to by bus. Explore caves, trails and discover some incredible lookouts. There is a low barrier to entry, you require no equipment and you can start small and build up to the big hikes!
Running is an incredible way to keep fit. Not only will it build body strength, but cardiac strength too. It can be a great way to explore as well. While hiking allows you time to take in your surroundings, a run can immerse you. The beach is a great place to run. The sand makes it all that much more challenging as you make your way down the beach. There’s also the benefit of jumping in the water to cool down afterwards.
Explore what’s beneath the surface while getting a killer workout. It’s such a great full body workout as well as cardio if you choose to do a little free diving to see as much as you can.
Of course, this has its limitations. You need to have the equipment and the right conditions to snorkel. Don’t let this put you off though, a decent snorkeling set is relatively cheap and doesn’t require much space to store. If you’re on a coast jump in and take in the incredible sea life and coral reefs.
Surfing or SUPing
Keeping fit while having fun is easy when you can hit the ocean! Surfing and paddleboarding are incredible exercises for a full body work out. Just starting out, they can be a little more difficult than our other suggestions, but most surf spots will have schools.
Once you’ve learned the basics you can pick up a beginner surfboard, or SUP and strap it to your VW Bus. Surfing also comes with a great community culture and surf spots tend to have a great vibe that fits Buslife like a glove!
Keep fit with bodyweight exercises
You don’t have to worry about where you are to do some intense workouts that will burn fat and build muscle with bodyweight workouts. You can even up your game by purchasing some workout resistance bands to really burn calories. They’re light and easy to pack and fit in small spaces. Bands are their own portable gym you can bring with you. Here are some workouts that you can do anywhere to get you started.
- Bodyweight squats: Set your feet shoulder-width apart and sit back on your heels as you squat parallel to the ground.
- Lunges: Put your hands on your hips and step forward with one foot at a time. Keep the weight in your heel and push back up.
- Pushups: Lay facedown of the ground, set your hands next to your chest, and push up! Start on your knees and work your way up to your feet
- Crunches and Planks: End with some core work by one-minute planks, keeping your body parallel to the ground. Lay on your back and get crunches in afterward, go back and forth with these until you can’t anymore.
Make healthy diet choices
Living by the 80/20 rule when it comes to your diet lets you have the best of both worlds and still stay healthy. We’ll avoid offering dietary advice here since we aren’t nutritionists. However, stay away from packaged, processed foods when possible and stick with whole, unprocessed options. 80% of the time keep this up and make healthy choices. That leaves 20% of the time you’re able to enjoy the junk food and have some drinks. Don’t stress so much about this, just make good choices. MyFitnessPal is an awesome app to help you keep track and stay accountable. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Grab a gym when you can
Depending on where you stop, you might be near a gym and most gyms sell day passes or even have a free trial pass. Jump on that and get a good sweat in, maybe hit their sauna if it’s available. It is a great stopover because you also get a shower, which isn’t always available on the road. Bigger gyms will also have a cafe with decent wifi if you work on the road.
Traditional gyms aren’t for everyone and that’s okay. An alternative is to find a rock climbing gym instead. Usually providing similar facilities, they also have lots of climbing! The vibe is often a bit more laid back, as climbers generally aspire to the Buslife ethos too.
Traveling across different countries is an incredible experience but it also can make it really challenging to stay active and healthy. Whether you’re used to being in the gym or always trying to switch up your workouts by trying new things, your fitness doesn’t have to stop while on the road. It can be daunting trying to figure out where you’re going to work out, finding time for it, and even what you can do to stay active. Hopefully, these suggestions can help you find your way and what works well for you.
What do you do to keep fit in the road? Let us know in the comments and help us improve this guide!