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There is nothing more enjoyable than climbing aboard your Cruise America RV and hitting the open road. It's the lack of a tight schedule, the fresh air on the beach or in the mountains and the complete absence of stress that really makes traveling in a motorhome fun.

However, if you allow it, there could be a downside to it all. When you travel long distances, it involves a lot of sitting. In addition, we don't always make the wisest eating choices when we are on the move. The good news though, is that RV travel doesn't have to be unhealthy; as a matter of fact, if you add just a few components to your trip, you can stay just as fit as ever! Your heart will thank you … for the rest of your life.

If your heart could speak, it would continually be asking you to go for a walk, or do some hiking, biking or swimming. It would tell you how much it loves to be active, and what it gets out of an hour's workout. It would command you to get out of the chair, and start moving. However, it would also advise you to check with your doctor before starting an exercise plan, just to make sure you are healthy enough to do it. Lastly, it would advise you that people who are inactive are twice as likely to develop heart disease than those who keep moving.

Exercise while traveling is so beneficial. Here are a few travel tips to get your heart pumping:

Make Sure it's Fun: It's a well-known fact that you are much more likely to stick with a fitness routine if what you are doing is fun. Try to find activities that make you look forward to the next time. Things like riding a bike, or hiking in the woods or on the mountain, or jumping into the pool or the ocean and playing Marco Polo with your kids. Maybe it's just taking a good, long walk before or after dinner, taking in the sights and sounds of nature.

Do it With a Friend: It's always more enjoyable to get moving when you have someone to join you. If you have a buddy, a family member or a significant other who also wants to stay (or get) healthy, it is a good motivator. That's because if you don't show up, you're not only hurting yourself, but you're letting your friend down as well. In addition, if you have someone to talk to while you're moving about, it makes the time go by so much faster.

Seize the Opportunity: While you are traveling, you may be on a somewhat erratic schedule. That's why it's important to "seize the moment" (carpe momentum, if you are a Latin buff) when you can. Sometimes we fill our travel days with sightseeing, so your schedule may not contain a designated exercise period. Take the opportunity to go on a brisk walk if that opportunity should present itself. You will definitely feel better at the end of the day, knowing you got some physical exercise in.

Your heart is a muscle, and like any other muscle in your body, it gets stronger when it's used hardily. By getting your blood flowing and your lungs working, your heart gets the workout it needs to build strength and longevity. The majority of healthy adults should attempt to get at least two-and-a-half hours of cardio workout, such as a fast-paced walk, every week.

Lastly, let's not forget the ever-looming strength workout! Activities such as lifting weights, doing sit-ups and pushups, and resistance workouts with exercise bands (twice a week) is always a great idea. It gets your heart pumping and tones up those muscles. Just a hint: don't work the same muscle groups twice in a row … mix it up a little. If you don't know if your muscles are toned, watch the bottom of your arms when you shake the salt or pepper shaker; does the skin under there shake, too?

When it boils down to it, any exercise is better than none, so hop out of that seat and get moving … your heart will thank you!

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