Van Dwelling/Exercise

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Keeping fit on the road can be more difficult, since you don't have a lot of room to store bulky training equipment.

The ideal excercise equipment for vandwelling would be:

  1. lightweight
  2. compact
  3. inexpensive
  4. durable
  5. effective
  6. multi-use
  7. simple

And such exercise equipment exists! It's your own body. You don't need anything but your own flesh to stay in shape.

The primary question is whether you want others to know that you live in your van. If that is not an option, then you cannot exercise right next to it. You will have to move some distance away or go to a nearby park or playground.
You will need some kind of workout outfit, which you can pick up on the cheap, because wearing jeans or some other non-sportive clothes will make you look more of a homeless person in the park than a sport minded individual.

The simplest regimen of 3 sets of 20 pushups, 3 sets of 20 situps, 2x12 chinups, and brisk walking or jogging for 15 minutes will give you the necessary workout to mantain health.
For better shape, you will need to plan out a more stern regimen.

A simple online search for calisthenics will provide you with enough information to plan out your exercise routine.

3 times a week is the minimum exercise you should get.

If you can work out next to your van, this will save you time and effort.
Remember, staying in shape means you'll live longer and healthier.

Other ideas:

  • Register at a (preferably 24 hour) health club.
  • a magnetic resistance bike which doubles as a computer workstation
  • a soccer ball
  • an elastic workout device

yoga is an excellent form of exercize and you can do it in the center of your van if you stack things on the seats. Also removing one of your back seats will allow for more space.

Last modified on 13 November 2009, at 16:31