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January 12, 2011 by · 4 Comments 


Yes, it is true!

You can drop 6 to 8 pounds or more in just one month by camping.

Here is how:

Camping is the perfect venue for hiking, biking, and sightseeing.  All are activities that provide calorie-burning exercise. These activities also build muscle, which is essential for good health.  When camping the outdoors is all yours.  Statistically, you are safer from predators in a camping area than on city streets.  You will also encounter much less traffic on hiking trails than you will on busy streets.

Many campgrounds offer swimming pools, an excellent way to firm up some muscle and drop a few pounds while having fun.

Camping is a perfect opportunity to change your diet! Getting away from fast food restaurants and french fries is always healthy.  Rather than stocking your camping cooler or RV refrigerator with hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage links consider  switching to lean proteins such as fish, pork or chicken.  When prepared over a campfire or grill the taste is exquisite.  People always tell me food taste better when camping than at home, so make the best of it!

Bar-B-Q Chicken and Corn on the Cob roasted over a fire.

During the summer months stop at roadside fruit and vegetable stands as you travel to your destination. These places usually offer fresh picked beans, corn, and tomatoes.  New potatoes, squash, onions, and even salad greens can be found at extremely reasonable prices.  Don’t forget the fresh melons; cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon.  Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries should also be available.  Later in the growing season, look for peaches and apples.  Prepare your meals by steaming, grilling or roasting over hot coals in your fire pit or on the grill.  Forget the oil filled deep fryers and grease filled frying pans.

Fresh Fruit and Veggies from a Road-Side Stand.

Leave the potato chips and cheese puffs behind. If you get hungry, munch on fresh fruits like apples or pears.  Try a sun ripened tomato sliced on a plate with a little salt and Oregano on top.  To me, there is nothing better than a ripe tomato fresh from the garden!

Camping does not have to mean six packs of beer. The change in environment gives the opportunity to establish new habits.

Fresh Brewed Iced-Tea with Lemon and Mint

Try fresh brewed sun tea with lemon and a sprig of mint.  Brewed tea has a great taste without sugar.  Take plenty of bottled water and stay well hydrated.  Do not forget to recycle the plastic bottles – most campgrounds and parks do provide recycling containers.

When camping, become less of a “couch potato”. Rather than watch TV get out and meet other campers, play a game of horseshoes, volleyball or toss-across.

Walk on the beach. Collect seashells.  Carry a camera to photograph interesting wild life and plants.

Collecting Dead and Downed Firewood

Harvest some firewood. Most parks allow gathering of downed and dead wood.  Carry a bow saw, hatchet, or axe.  Cut the wood with muscle power, burning off extra calories and fat.  Carry the wood to your campsite and then perhaps split it into fire size pieces.  The neat thing is that this does not seem like work!

Chopping and Splitting Firewood with an Axe

Since the activity immediately rewards you with a nice, cozy campfire, your wood harvesting becomes a fun activity with an immediate reward.  Try it and you will see.  You will also see it in your waistline.

Camper Cleaning and Waxing the Side of His Camper

On cool evenings, consider waxing a section of the camper or even the tow vehicle. Hand waxing is a great arm, shoulder, and chest exercise.  Waxing your camper this way is sort of like eating an elephant – you do it one bite at a time.

Camping activities during the day can make your sleeping time at night more restful and rewarding.

Loosing weight can be exciting and fun when it is intermixed with new activities and environments. Getting out of the everyday routine of work or home-based retirement can do wonders for your health.

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Just remember – wear your sun screen and insect repellant, check for ticks after being in the woods, drive safely and stop to smell the flowers.



Safe and Happy Camping Trails to All!


  1. Brenda & Gary says:

    Awesome advice and the best part of it is these activities are free and if the weather does not so operate…. go to a different gym and drive down the road till you find sunshine. Most of what you mentioned is common sense and sometimes we all need reminders on how simple some things are. I enjoyed reading your blog and will be following again in the future. Have a great day!

  2. Patti Faustini says:

    Hi Professor! What you say is really true..the very nature of RVing lends itself to better health. Minimally, we stretch, bend, and walk more just dealing with the RV, camping , etc. Great post and great ideas.

    Happy Tales, Patti

  3. We promote healthy eating habits at our Texas summer camp! We have a year round garden and show kids the process from seed to plate. It is a great way to prepare kids for independent living and making good choices with their diet.


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