Maintaining an Active Lifestyle in an RV

Traveling in an RV offers unparalleled freedom and adventure, allowing you to explore new places and experience unique cultures. But maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle while on the road can be challenging. With limited space and constantly changing environments, staying fit requires creativity and commitment. Here are some practical ways to stay active and healthy while enjoying the RV lifestyle.

Embrace Outdoor Activities

One of the greatest benefits of RV living is the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. Take advantage of this by incorporating outdoor activities into your daily routine. Hiking, biking, and kayaking are excellent ways to stay active and enjoy the scenery.


Many campgrounds and RV parks are located near national parks, forests, and trails. Hiking is a fantastic way to explore these areas and get your daily dose of exercise. Research the trails near your destination and choose ones that match your fitness level. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, getting out into nature will keep you moving and boost your mental well-being.

Cool Sunshine RV Park is located in the southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, where we have everything from easy walks to more challenging hikes. For a relaxing stroll, try one of our nearby wildlife refuges. The Alamosa Wildlife Refuge is accessed from highway 160, just east out of Alamosa. For more of a hike, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has several trails to choose from with varying degrees of difficulty. There are also many trails in the Rio Grande National Forest and Penitente Canyon for those looking for adventure.


Bringing a bike along on your RV travels can greatly expand your exercise options. Many places have bike-friendly paths and trails. Cycling is an excellent cardiovascular workout and a great way to explore new areas. Whether you’re riding through a city, along a coastal path, or down a mountain trail, biking keeps you active and offers a unique perspective on your surroundings.

As a flat valley surrounded by mountains, the San Luis Valley has great options for road and mountain biking. Penitente Canyon in the San Luis Valley, offers a variety of mountain biking trails as well as unique views and historic petroglyphs. To learn more about the trails, check out this Biking Guide from SLV Great Outdoors.

Kayaking and Water Sports

If your travels take you near lakes or rivers, consider engaging in water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, or swimming. These activities provide a full-body workout and are incredibly fun. Carrying an inflatable kayak or paddleboard in your RV can provide endless opportunities for water-based exercise.

There are enough lakes, reservoirs, and rivers throughout the San Luis Valley that you’ll have a hard time choosing which to explore! For ease of access (and just a couple miles from Cool Sunshine RV Park), you can put in a kayak or paddleboard right in the Rio Grande and paddle through Alamosa. If you want to try out a lake instead of a river, check out Blanca Vista Park for your spot to put in, enjoy the beautiful mountain views, and have a picnic there when you’re done.

Utilize RV-Friendly Exercise Equipment

Space constraints in an RV can make it difficult to use traditional exercise equipment, but there are many compact and portable options available that can help you stay fit on the road.

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are lightweight, compact, and versatile, making them perfect for the RV. They can be used to perform a variety of strength training exercises targeting different muscle groups. Incorporate resistance band workouts into your routine to maintain muscle tone and strength without needing bulky equipment.

Yoga and Pilates

Yoga and Pilates are excellent for flexibility, strength, and mental well-being. All you need is a yoga mat, which can be easily rolled up and stored in your RV. Many online resources offer yoga and Pilates routines, so you can practice no matter where you are. These exercises are also gentle on the joints, making them suitable for all fitness levels.

Bodyweight Exercises

Bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, lunges, and planks require no equipment and can be done in the small space of an RV or outside. Create a routine that includes a variety of these exercises to maintain overall fitness. You can also use picnic tables, benches, and other structures found in campgrounds to enhance your workouts.

Establish a Routine

Consistency is key to maintaining an active lifestyle. Establishing a routine can help you stay on track even when your environment changes frequently.

Morning Workouts

Starting your day with a workout can set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a run, or a quick bodyweight workout, morning exercise can boost your energy levels and metabolism.

Schedule Activities

Plan your physical activities ahead of time, just as you would plan your travel itinerary. Research local fitness classes, parks, and recreational facilities at your destinations. Scheduling activities ensures that you make time for exercise and helps you stick to your fitness goals.

Use Apps and Online Resources

There are numerous fitness apps and online resources that offer workout routines, tracking, and motivation. Use these tools to plan your workouts, track your progress, and stay motivated. Some apps also offer challenges and community support, which can add a fun and social aspect to your fitness routine.

Stay Active During Travel

Long hours of driving can lead to a sedentary lifestyle. However, there are ways to stay active even on travel days.

Frequent Stops

Make it a habit to stop every couple of hours to stretch, walk around, and get your blood flowing. Use rest areas, scenic overlooks, and parks to take short walks and do some quick exercises. These breaks will not only help you stay active but also make your travel more enjoyable.

Simple Exercises in the RV

During breaks or even while on the road (as a passenger), you can perform simple exercises like seated leg lifts, ankle circles, and seated twists. These exercises can help prevent stiffness and improve circulation.

Join Local Fitness Communities

Engaging with local fitness communities can be a great way to stay active and meet new people. Many towns and cities have running clubs, hiking groups, and fitness classes open to the public. Participating in these activities can provide a sense of community and add variety to your fitness routine.

Running Clubs and Meetups

Look for running clubs or fitness meetups in the areas you visit. Websites like can help you find local groups. Joining a group run or workout can be motivating and provide an opportunity to explore new places with locals.

Fitness Classes

Many gyms and community centers offer drop-in classes for visitors. Take advantage of these classes to try new activities and stay active. Whether it’s a spin class, yoga session, or dance class, participating in local fitness offerings can keep your routine fresh and exciting. If you are staying with us at Cool Sunshine RV Park, you can get gym day passes at SLV Sports and Wellness and Anytime Fitness.


Maintaining an active lifestyle in an RV is entirely possible with a bit of planning and creativity. Embrace the opportunities that come with traveling, utilize portable exercise equipment, establish a routine, and engage with local fitness communities. By incorporating these strategies, you can stay fit, healthy, and fully enjoy the freedom and adventure of RV living.