How Fit are You? Does it Matter?

Tom T Hall, country and western singer, wrote a song about “Old Dogs and Children and Water Melon Wine”. One of the lines in the song says “I turned 65 about 11 months ago”. How appropriate for me! I did turn 65 about 11 months ago. If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself! Well, I’m sure that you’ve heard someone say that before. Perhaps it is because I have taken pretty good care of myself that I have made it this far in life without any serious illness.

Why do I bring this up, you ask? I just read a article in the January issue of Trailer Life about making a commitment to fitness. Fitness applies to everyone, whether you are a fulltime camper or an occasional camper, or hey you are just still alive. If you want to stay alive and be active, then you need to be fit. There is a distiction between being old and decrepit and being old and fit. Too many people think that if they are old then they have to act old and look old. NOT! That is a choice that you make.

One of the things that I have noticed in my short career as a camper, six years, is that if a person is fat at home he/she is going to be fat when they camp. However, I will say that there could be a slight tendency to lean towards being a little less active when you are traveling in your camper than when you are home. Campers, as a group, seem to want to do too much of nothing and a lot of eating. Am I right or wrong?

The way I see it is that when you going on a camping trip you have an opportuinty to be more active than when you are home. When you are in your camper, there is less to do in regards to keeping house which gives you the opportunity to get outside and move around. One of the things that we like best about taking our trips in the summer, is that we have the chance to get out and hike. We love to go to the mountains or any place that has hiking trails and hike as much as we can. I’ve just passed the point of being mid sixty to being late sixty and have no thought of slowing down. I can hardly wait for summer so that we can return to Rocky Mountain National Park and take some of the 350 miles of hiking trails that we’ve not yet taken.

There is nothing better than a hike in the Rockies with friends.
A hike in the mountains

Okay, so I have a theory, but unlike Einstein’s Theory or Relativity, my theory probably doesn’t matter. However, just in case someone is reading this I’m going to tell you what it is. The secret to weight loss is to not eat as many calories per day as you burn up each day. Calories in, Calories out! What a novel idea. Isn’t that what the “Biggest Looser” on TV is about? They restrict the amount of calories going into the fat bodies and make them exercise and burn more than is going in. I think I’ll see if I can get a patent on that Idea! In all seriousness, that is it in a nutshell. It is not a secret and it is doable for anyone who truly desires to loose weight and stay fit. It comes down to desire…mind over matter. There are truly people who have a propensity for being fat, and I am one of them. That doesn’t mean that you can use that propensity thing as an excuse to get fat.  I have been fighting my weight all of my life, but most importantly since high school.  It is, as I said a matter of desire.

Not eating more than we need is one part of the equation to a fit life. The other part of the equation is exercise. Oh no, I have to sweat!   Well yes and no. There are many ways to get fit and the sweat comes depending of how you exercise. The camping life gives you the opportunity to  be in a position to hike everyday. You can also walk the dog several times a day. That’s the great thing about having a dog in a camper, you have to take them out to potty several times a day.  Take your bike with you and ride it. Go bird watching, go canoeing, kyacking or just take a nice walk several times a day. Whatever you do, stay active so that as you grow old you can enjoy your life.

There is even another part to the equation of being fit and that is our mental fitness. Continue to learn and read even while you are camping. In fact, if you are camping you probably have less distractions than you would at home and have more time to read. A positive attitude about life will give you a good mental balance. They say that laughter will added to your healthy mental attitude. Tell a joke, or read a joke and enjoy laugher with a friend. I have some funny jokes on my website at This Old Campsite.

In this day of constant communication and the internet, there are a multitude of resources ,such as The American Heart Association, to help you keep fit and healthy. If you are reading this, then you own your own computer, are using a friends computer, in the library or you’ve stolen a computer. At any rate you have internet access and the ability to find anything you need to help you stay out of the nursing home. Just do it!

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