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Taking the Road to a Healthy Lifestyle

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

“Take two days and see me in the morning.” That’s one doctor’s advice
for a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Michael Suk, M.D., has a simple, fun and
powerful message: People should pursue outdoor activities to help reduce
obesity and stress. This is also the recommendation of the Recreation
Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Suk, director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at the
University of Florida-Shands Jacksonville, says, “The outdoors is
nature’s medicine and stress reliever.” The health-related benefits of
recreation vehicle (RV) travel strongly reflect Suk’s message. Many RV
owners are already on the road to a healthy lifestyle, taking advantage
of all the activities that the great outdoors has to offer. In RVIA’s
recent Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, almost 70 percent said they
were more physically active on RV trips than on other vacations.

There is a wide range of campgrounds available to RV owners or
renters, offering a variety of outdoor activities. Suk says that along
with hiking, biking or swimming, “RV campgrounds are great places to try
new activities like kayaking, canoeing and even swinging from a tree.”

Two years ago, Suk, a former White House Fellow, and then-Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, co-authored a paper for the American Journal of Law and Medicine
on the benefits of America’s public lands as a gateway to better
health. Suk believes that America’s public lands offer many recreational
opportunities to offset physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle.

“Rather than just lay out on a beach, get out, enjoy and participate in nature,” he says.

RVs are a great way for families to travel and expose children
to nature. “Introducing children to nature while they’re young will
start them on the path to a lifelong appreciation of the great
outdoors,” says Suk.

For more information on how RVs play a role in leading a more active lifestyle, visit GoRVing.com.

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