NY RVers Staying Healthy on the Road

Long trips in your Nichols, New York recreational vehicles are loads of fun, but they can also lead to some not so healthy choices when it comes to food and exercise, or lack there of.  For a lot of full-time RVers, convenience usually trumps the more healthy snack choice.  If you are in it for the long haul, then you will also want to consider the wellness and balance in regards to your overall health.

Driving long stretches can also take a toll on your body as well. You many find that the longer you drive your used or new New York RV, the more your body may start to boycott the drive. To stay healthy while on the road,  here are a few rules to live by:

  • Use cruise control. On long drives, resting both of your feet on the floor is beneficial to  your back and hips. Just keep paying close attention to the road ahead.
  • Watch your posture. Make sure that you’re sitting comfortably at the wheel, with your seat set so that you’re not stretching to reach the steering wheel. If you are hunched over at all or pulling, then you may as well get ready for back problems which is what we are trying to avoid.
  • Take a break. Be sure to stop regularly to get out of your car and stretch before continuing on. This is especially true if you have chronic back pain or other issues that are triggered by sitting in one position for a long amount of time.

Eat Healthy. You should do what you can to eat healthy snacks when you are traveling along the road in your RV. We understand how tempting it can be to just open a bag of cookies or chips, but that isn’t the healthiest thing you can do. We recommend preparing some road-trip snacks ahead of time to make it easier on you. For instance, package up several single servings of fresh veggies and fruit. Other great snack ideas are dried fruit, nuts, or granola bars.  Cooking your own meals instead of going out to eat is also, usually, a healthier  and less expensive alternative.

Exercise is beneficial for RVers.  We gave more detail in another post in regards to ways to exercise while you are on your journey. Exercising keeps your mind and body in better health. To keep your energy levels up, you should really take the time to stop, get out and exercise a bit to get the blood pumping. This can be anything from a brisk walk or short run to stretching.

Remember, don’t let the fun and joys of RVing take a backseat to your well being. What are some of your healthier snack options when RVing? We’d love to hear from you. If you are in the market for a new RV, don’t forget Jim’s RV Center has a great selection of new and used recreational vehicles in New York!

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How to Live with Someone in an RV 24/7 – Part 2

We felt the need to cover this topic with some vigor. How in the world do you live in a tiny space with a spouse, partner, or roommate 24 hours, 7 days a week without absolute loathing each other’s existence? We covered some great tips to help give your relationships a fighting chance with full-time RVing in Nichols, NY. Here is the continuation of the article:

6. “Susan day”: Substitute your name for Susan and go off for the day on your own. Go to the library or walk around a mall – something on your own. It doesn’t need to involve spending money, just take some time to get away. Invariably these days can be renewing and you’ll have more to talk about with your fellow road warrior when you get back.

7. If you are staying at an RV park or resort, check to see if there are any activities going on in the park or community that you may interest you. Invite your neighbors over to sit with a cup of coffee or an afternoon drink. If you’ll be there several days, you could organize a get-together to work on a hobby like writing, beading or quilting. I love this and actually do it as often as possible. Honestly, I have made some great friends this way and to this day we still keep in touch via email!

8. Join an RV club or interest group within it so you can have individual friends as well as couples who are friends while on the road. Working or volunteering on the road can give you time doing your own thing plus the chance to interact with other people at the same time.

9. Recognize when you are getting stressed from traveling, Nichols NY RV‘ers. Packing up and changing locations every day can be stressful and daunting. Schedule some days to putter around for some good ole R&R.

10.Improve your communication skills. When you have a difference of opinion, state how important it is on a scale of one to ten. Often an item is very important to one and not that important to the other so that makes the decision. If you both have it ranked high, then negotiate. You’ll find that many decisions become non-issues.

If you respect each other and recognize your partner’s need – and your own – for personal physical and psychological space now and then, you can create an even better relationship and enjoy this full-time RV lifestyle. Keep in mind that your partner may need more or less space than you do. Each needs to take responsibility for themselves and find ways to meet this need. And, remember, people are people, don’t take the need for space personally!

Any more tips or personal stories on this subject to share, post them here or on our Facebook page!

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How to Live with Someone in an RV 24/7 – Part 1

Do you think you could live with someone for 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 240 square feet of space – more or less? It seems a little mad when we put it that way, but people and couples do it everyday, year over year – and happily so.

When you consider, that for many of these couples, one or both have been working and out of the house for years until right before they take off together in their RV, it means just a couple of additional adjustments. Not only do they adjust to living in a tiny space, they are also adjusting to living together constantly. These type of major life adjustments can strain relationships. A little knowledge and planning can make the transition simpler.

Tips for Living Together in an RV

At first, it may seem like you are on vacation. And, you are. This may bring some familiarity to surface that you can draw from.  As the days move on, it may feel like you are beginning to work each other’s nerves. So how does one cope? Here are some suggestions from other RVers. We’ve compiled some common themes from full-time RVer couples or partners who dare to live on the road.

First and foremost: you and your spouse must genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Secondly, both of you must really want to live this lifestyle, even if only for a certain period of time.

If you have those two things going for you, the rest can be a work in progress.

 

Here are 5 techniques you can use:

1. Have your own bit of space, regardless of how tiny. You might stake out a certain place to sit in the evenings or a place to work on hobbies, art or crafts. Claim a cupboard or bin underneath for the things you like to do: read, carve, bead, knit,etc. Do not go into your spouse’s or roommate’s cupboard without permission. Even though you are only a few feet apart, you can still have a sense of separateness, which is very healthy.

2. The bedroom or perhaps a corner can be a “retreat” for whomever is needing a little alone time.  Find a spot, but keep in mind that using the bedroom as personal space shouldn’t interfere with the other’s bedtime.

3. Different bedtimes can prove to be an advantage. One spouse may already stay up a little later or wake up earlier – this gives the other a little private or alone time.

4. We’ve heard this can be a marriage saver. If you are watching a particular show on TV or listening to some music, and the other person is not participating, use headphones. The fact that one partner has on headphones gives both a sense of privacy.

5. Solo activities: Do some activities by yourself. You may be traveling in close quarters but that doesn’t mean you have to be joined at the hip and do everything together. Walking, biking, walking the dog, shopping, rig maintenance can be done alone. If there is a local theater production, I’ll attend by myself!

We didn’t want to short change this subject, so this is part 1 of a 2 part series on how to live with someone in an RV 24 hours, seven days a week. Stay tuned in for part 2.

 

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