Body by Bigfoot: Five Tips for Staying in Shape on the Road

With the eating season, we mean, holiday season fast approaching, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers like to stay active, even while living on the road. Want the latest “Body by Bigfoot” workout routine? Check out this video!

In all seriousness, road life keeps us on the move. Packing up and setting up camp every few days, getting our loaded cooler in and out of the car several times a day, water hauling, and just living outside means we move our bodies a lot. We also get to do lots of our favorite outdoor activities – hiking, biking, running, and climbing – in some amazing places.

Here’s our five best tips for staying in shape on the road:

1. Download apps like Mountain Bike Project, Hiking Project and Mountain Project for local, on-demand beta for riding, hiking, and climbing. These apps work without internet once you’ve downloaded the state data.

2. Many gyms offer countrywide membership. We have a YMCA membership and use it frequently to keep up with our swimming as we move from place to place. Open-water swimming is tough in alpine lakes and in the desert, and we’re glad to have a temperature-controlled pool and a gym in just about every city we visit. (The showers come in handy, too.)

3. Working while on the road? Invest in a good headlamp so you can get your workout when daylight is short. It will help out with cooking a healthy dinner in the dark, too!

4. Bring just enough of your adventure gear to keep active, but not so much that it’s stressful to travel with. We’ve brought our mountain bikes and climbing gear, but left our canoe and road bikes behind.

5. Equipment can do double-duty: trail running shoes double as light hikers, and a pair of flat pedals can convert your mountain-shredder to a townie bike with a quickness. Sturdy picnic tables and boulders make for great gym equipment, too – think step ups and box jumps. And you can do push ups anywhere!

Enjoy Your World. Leave No Trace.

Jessie and Matt, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Team West

Leave No Trace's Jessie Johnson and Matt Schneider are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Deuter, Thule, Klean Kanteen, and Smartwool.