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Have bike, will travel!

By and large, the average touring caravan owner is likely to be a pretty fit and healthy individual – all that open air and freedom to explore the great outdoors probably has a lot to do with it.

Combine the outdoor life with a spot of cycling on the bike you’ve managed to stow in your caravan and you may be able to relax whilst you travel whilst you ride.

In addition to the cycling, however, it might also pay to give some thought to maintaining a healthy environment inside your caravan and ensuring that you engage in any other activities that help to keep you fit:

Your bicycle

  • it is a well-established fact that cycling helps to keep you fit – it also widens the radius and makes greater fun your forays from the caravan site you might have chosen;
  • if you are not averse to cheating just a tad, you might even consider an electronically powered bike;
  • it might take away a lot of the effort, but just think of all that fresh air you get to enjoy;
  • with effect from this year, an electronic bike might not even be the labour-saving cop out you might think it to be – the website Out and About Live points out that new rules means you have to keep turning the pedals for the electric motor to work and that the latter cuts out altogether once you reach a speed of 15.5 mph;

Countryside walks

  • the only investment required for keeping fit through plenty of countryside walks is in a good pair of hiking boots;
  • the exercise is free and the UK offers a whole host of caravan sites from which you can set forth in order to enjoy the country’s green and pleasant land;

Running in tune to the dawn chorus

  • if you are feeling more energetic and want to do your exercise to the accompaniment of the birds’ dawn chorus, you need only don your running shoes and go for a jog around the park or venture out into the early morning countryside;
  • there might not be the same rousing call to herald a new day, but running at dusk might also give a welcome endorphin boost before you tuck in at night;

Wild swimming

  • it has fast become something of a craze – and for good reason too – since wild swimming is free and readily found in many different lakes, rivers and the sea;
  • in an island community such as the UK, your caravan site is rarely going to be far from the sea or the rivers emptying into it – so why not join the growing band of wild swimmers;

Pilates and yoga

  • pilates and yoga may be ways of keeping not only your body fit but also providing food for your mind and soul;
  • just pick up your favourite mat, position it outside your caravan and breathe in the peace, tranquillity and sheer serenity of Britain at its rural best;

Healthy interiors

  • keeping yourself busy with all these fitness trips is all very well, but unlikely to be any avail if your living quarters let you down on the health front;
  • keeping the interior of your caravan clean, tidy and free of bugs is a must, of course, but there are more insidious threats to health that might slowly build up;
  • chief amongst these is the mould which might take hold on the inside of your caravan as a result of poor ventilation and the presence of damp;
  • left unchecked, damp and condensation may result in floors and walls simply rotting away;
  • the mould that breeds in these conditions generates a pungent and unpleasant smell and carries a veritable “minefield” of risks to your health, says a guide published by Caravans Autotrader about buying a second hand caravan;
  • regularly check, therefore, for mould, stains or bumpy panels – especially if a tell-tale smell is also present;
  • a final health and safety warning might also be sounded about fire hazards and the use of bottled gas within the confines of a touring caravan;
  • fire safety precautions may not need a great deal of rehearsing – but are no less important for all that – whilst poorly maintained or ill-ventilated gas appliances may lead to a build-up of lethal carbon dioxide.

Have (an electric) bike and you might well travel in style and precious little effort in helping yourself to keep fit. But there are many other – typically much cheaper – ways of staying healthy whilst enjoying your touring caravan outings.

Whilst working on ways of keeping yourself fit in the great outdoors, however, it is equally important to maintain a safe and healthy environment inside your caravan.