Staying healthy on the road.

It’s not only the grey nomads covering this great Aussie landscape; in fact many of us now are packing up and heading for a few life adventures. Are you sick of city living, traffic jams, all the hustle and bustle and the maddening crowds? Then do what we have done and head around the country discovering yourself and this great land we call Australia. From a fitness point of view here are a few tips to ensure you keep healthy and fit along the way. If you are doing long drives you will be using a lot less calories sitting on your backside. Cut back calories and eat small snacks every few hours. Some good snacks that are easy to carry and eat are: roasted almonds, bananas, apples, high fibre vita weets, some  baby bell (or small cubes) of cheese, rice cakes, boiled eggs, some pre-cooked basmarti rice , carrots and some celery, and treat yourself to a low fat cream cheese to dip those carrots and celery bits into. Ensure you keep well hydrated along the way; even sitting in an air-conditioned motor vehicle will dehydrate you quickly. Ensure you stop every few hours and do some core exercises as these muscles quickly switch off on long drives. Stretch, do hovers and some sit-ups to make you feel better and keep you alert. At the end of each day ensure you have time to do a long walk after setting up camp. If you are in towns try and visit the gym 3 times a week. For those (like me) who love to be in the desolate outback you may want to consider taking a gym-stick. They can be found on the internet and are a really light weight compact piece of equipment. Sadly, LOL I have been known to throw a gym-stick in my backpack. Of course your off road adventure will, and should include some bush walks mountain climbs, bike rides and some horse riding. Enjoy your adventure and stay healthy.

By: John Hart

Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab) Newcastle University Australia

“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

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