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Fit woman walking in park
Fit woman walking in park

Get out, walk and explore

I don’t know about your RV, but mine does not afford me the space to spread a yoga mat, let alone store a treadmill. Yet, as a wellness coach, I know the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

Last week was a busy week for Norm and me working for Mainly Marathons, staging races in seven states in seven days. These work weeks are tough on my eating, as well as my exercise plan. What the week means is a lot of time sitting at the race, recording times and then extra miles in the co-pilot chair commuting to the next race.

I decided to shake things up a bit this week. I pulled myself from behind the timing table and walked! I walked a 5K on two different days. For those unfamiliar to race distances, a 5K is 3.1 miles. Mainly Marathons also holds a half marathon which is 13.1 miles as well as a full marathon which is 26.2 miles.

A year and a half ago, I had successfully completed two half marathons within three days of each other, and set a new personal record. But now, completing a 5K was challenging. It is amazing how fast “athletes” lose their base of fitness when they take too much time off. I am paying that price now.

It is always easy to make up excuses as to why you can’t exercise. I was full of them this summer. It’s too hot or, easier still, I have to paint, or some other timeless project around our house construction site. As a wellness coach, I am here to tell you, take care of yourself first, and stop making excuses!

So here I am walking at a slow pace, a distance I have not done for 18 months. It was the best decision I made. I enjoyed my conversations I had on the course with other runners/walkers, while doing a favor for my body.

Norm and I are lucky to have Mainly Marathons as a source for exercise while we travel. However, you do not need to work for a marathon company in order to exercise while traveling in your RV. We travel with our food as well as a roof to sleep under. However, we still need to fuel the RV so next time you fill up at the gas station, stroll through the store, explore and start a conversation with someone.

Many of us use the Walmart parking lot as a place to rest and stock up on groceries and, thankfully, we have to park at the back of the lot due to our large rigs. Enjoy the walk to the store and once inside, stroll around the outside aisle before you begin shopping. This gives you a bit more exercise and gives you the opportunity to check on the store layout so you know where to find what you need.

Norm and I were in the Walmart at Sanford, Maine, earlier this year and were impressed that the store had a sign announcing the distance around their outside aisle was a quarter of a mile.

Excuses are easy to make. We all do it. My challenge to you is to get out, explore and walk! Your body will appreciate your effort.

About Cathy Duesterhoeft

Cathy and her husband, Norm, travel throughout the United States in their Brave Winnebago working for Mainly Marathons. When home in Westfield, Wis., their RV is parked on a gravel pad while they finish construction on their new home. Cathy documents their many adventures on her website at www.positiveinfluences.net.

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