Jan 7, 2014 - Personal    4 Comments

Exercising in an RV

Since the winter started here, I’ve been really unhappy with my level of physical activity. The weather hasn’t been great and it’s not like there’s much in the way of road around here that isn’t out in the open and wind-battered. Moreover,  just isn’t much room in an RV to exercise and moving too much makes the rig rock!

This was the first time in five years that opportunities for serious exercise alluded me. In the past, I’ve stayed in RV parks with pools, been within driving or even walking distance of hiking trails, or had jobs that kept me active. This past summer, I was able to help C&C with building their addition and walking the open roads here was quite pleasant.

But since October, I’ve been pretty much glued to my computer chair all day typing, with perhaps an hour total spent walking around the hamlet or doing chores. Thank goodness I have to lift heavy propane tanks and water bottles or I’d be completely soft. I’m amazed I’m still managing to lose weight!

I’ve been looking for an inexpensive treadmill to set up in the garage, but haven’t had any luck. Forget a treadmill in the rig; they’re huge, heavy, and the intent would be to run on it, so the rig would shake badly!

There was a post recently on Lifehacker about motivating yourself to do exercise. I commented that I don’t lack motivation, just opportunity and explained my situation. One person told me to get off my ass and go to the gym, which made me laugh because ‘the gym’ would be about 300KM round trip. Another person replied with a link to a product her mother uses in a small studio apartment over a neighbour who complains if she so much as sneezes. That sounded promising for an RV!

The device was a mini-stepper. I did more research, found one in my price range, and bought it with some holiday money I received. It arrived today:

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This is a Sunny Health and Fitness Adjustable Twist Stepper, Pink.

Yes, it looks absolutely silly! 🙂 I shopped on Amazon.com and this was one of the top reviewed mini-steppers. Shipping to Canada was prohibitive, so I took my list of models to Canadian sites that have reasonable shipping rates, like Walmart, Sears, and Amazon.ca. Amazon was the only site that had mini-steppers under $100 and shipping was free. One was about $59 and the other, this pink one, was $69. The $59 one was for a company that makes a lot of products in a number of categories, for all of which I found only poor reviews. But the pink stepper, which just happened to kind of match my decor ( 🙂 ) is made by a company that only produces exercise equipment and it had a ton of good reviews on Amazon.com. It seemed like the most sensible buy, silly as it looks.

It arrived today and took all of a minute to set up. I can already tell that it’s going to get a lot of use! I’m going to set it up in the living room where the litter box used to be ( 🙁 ) so that I can put my iPad on the counter and watch a movie while I step.

I like that this stepper has adjustable tension, so you can make the workout progressively harder. There is also a little computer that tracks how many steps you make (and they only count if you got all the way down and up!), calories burned, and more!

I’m thrilled to have found a product that will get my heart rate up without shaking my rig apart or requiring me to flash freeze my lungs. It is a fairly small device, only about two feet square if that much, so it could fit in all but the smallest RVs. So if you’re looking for exercise equipment for an RV that is fairly lightweight (20lbs), small, and quite inexpensive, you’d do well to consider a mini-stepper.

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4 Comments

  • Thanks. I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do when we go full time (as I usually walk 30 -45 min a day) . This would work. Let me know how it works out for you in a few weeks.

    We are SO happy that you’re doing well even in the cold. I don’t remember it ever being this cold and for this long in southern IA, USA.
    Let’s hope spring comes early and it’s a mild one.

  • It will be interesting to see how well the mini stepper does as a clothes rack…that’s how most exercise equipment ends up. Congrats on your weight loss and determination to get exercise.

  • P.J. you will surely end up in a number of places where walking will be doable. I think my current situation is exceptional.

    Kathe, if I wanted a clothes rack, I would have bought a clothes rack! 😀

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