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We have to face some truths here. I can only speak for myself, but when we sold our home and bought the Motorhome, I gained weight. About 35 pounds to be exact. I call it the RV Bloat. Doesn’t sound very dainty, does it? It’s the truth.
The Beginning is a Good Place to Start
When we had our house, I loved doing the yard work. We had a small to medium-sized front yard and our back yard was huge. Once a week, I would first rake up all the droppings from the magnolia trees in the front yard and from our dog in the back yard. Next, I would get the lawnmower out of the garage, plug it in and go to town!
The whole process took almost two hours. It was a work-out!
In one bedroom of our home, we also had a full-sized work-out machine, with weights, lifts and pulleys. In the living room we had a full sized treadmill. I used the treadmill nearly every day and the work-out machine twice a week. I also did Tae-Bo religiously.
Then we moved into an RV. The beginning of the “bloat”!
No, not entirely true, but I felt like it. Actually, I did not gain weight overnight. Of course not. It was barely noticeable until… I noticed it. Living and traveling in an RV, to some, would indicate lots of hiking, bike riding and various other outdoor sports.
This is true when we’re traveling. When we’re stationary for a any duration, it’s different. The weight sneaks up on you like a thief in the night stealing all your skinny clothes and leaving you with fat clothes you didn’t know you had.
The Battle of the RV Bulge
Living in the reduced space in an RV not only results in less activity inside but, depending on where you are, less opportunity for activity outside too. RV’s, by comparison can be smaller than a studio apartment. Many longer rigs are nearly the equivalent to a small one bedroom apartment, but without the width.
Inside, there is less room for exercise equipment, if that’s what you’re in to. There is even less space to have to clean…which is one form of exercise.
All of these things, and this is just a fraction of all the excuses I can come up with, equate to less activity and more opportunity to pack on the pounds.
Ahh, but there is a solution to this weight gain madness. Here are just a few possible solutions for you.
- Plan healthier, well-balanced meals.
- Kick the fast-food to the curb – no more late night feedings.
- Start your day with a fruit and/or veggie smoothie.
- Trim the number of meals down to two per day or 4 much smaller meals
- Use smaller plates (yes, I said that!) Your eyes really are bigger than your stomach.
- Buy a fitness tracker and USE IT! These can be great little motivators to get you moving.
- Invest in smaller fitness equipment such as a mini stepper or mini elliptical machine.
- Get out of the RV and take a walk. Get some mileage on the fitness tracker I mentioned above.
- Drink more water.
There are many reasons RVers gain weight. From health problems to simple inactivity. Living in an RV doesn’t have to be the cause of your weight gain, as was my excuse.
Get up and move more. Set some weight goals and stick to them. These things worked for me.
Losing weight, especially if you’re a senior is difficult but it’s not impossible. Make sure you have a thorough check-up from your doctor first and ask for some recommendations to help you get started.