Working Out on The Go

13 December, 2017

When you live in a house, you might have a basement or spare room. They are both great places to house some home gym equipment. That makes it really easy to exercise whenever you want.

If you are in a town home or apartment, you might have a shared community gym. Or, at the very least, you can join a gym.

Having a static place to hang your hat makes it easy to keep a workout schedule. When you’re on the road a lot though, you don’t have those luxuries.

So how the heck can you get a good workout when you’re on the go?

Body Weight Work

If you don’t have a large room or a gym membership, using heavy weights and complex machines for your day-to-day exercise is not a realistic option. What you do have however is access to your own body.

Body weight exercises are some of the most effective exercises you can possible do.

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Here are some examples of what you can do with little to no equipment.

• Pushups
• Pull-ups
• Squats
• Burpees
• Split squats
• Skipping rope
• Jogging
• Planks
• Yoga

That’s a long list that will make almost anyone tired when you use a few of them together in a single workout.

The great thing about that list is you can do most of them with no weights or added equipment. But, you can add in some small and portable equipment to enhance some of them also.

You don’t really need anything but a little room to do pushups. And, there are so many types of pushups you can do, you don’t need any equipment to enhance the exercise.

For pull-ups, you can get a lightweight portable pull-up bar if you can’t find a nearby playground with a suitable bar. And, like with pushups, there are many varieties of pull-ups to keep you busy.

Squats can be done with or without weights. If you don’t want to lug weights around due to limited room, you can substitute something else like gallons of water.

Burpees are so much of a workout on their own, there’s almost never a reason for needing any extra equipment. You can modify them to make them even harder if you feel they are getting too easy.

Split squats are a serious cardio burn, and your legs will feel them too. They are great on their own, or like with regular squats, add a little more difficulty by using some water jugs as extra weight.

Skipping rope is one of the most common types of exercise. You do need a rope, but they are light, small, and cheap.

If you have decent whether, you can always jog. There are usually plenty of jogger friendly areas no matter if you’re in a city or cruising the countryside.

Planks don’t look like much, but try them and you’ll understand why they are so effective. You don’t need any extra equipment. And, if they get too easy, combine them with pushups or after a set of burpees to add a whole new level of tough.

Yoga is about as complete of a body weight workout that you can get. You probably want to use a yoga mat if possible. The other major requirement is that you know some yoga poses and have an idea of how to piece them altogether. So, for this exercise, you might need a little experience with it first.

To Sum it All Up

If you are living on the road and can’t find a place to work out, you are making up excuses. There are tons of different types of exercises that will really get you sweating.

Best of all, most of them require little to no extra equipment. That means you don’t need to carry around anything extra other than what you would normally have around.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get Mugged

17 November, 2017

Oh, the RV life. There’s one very great thing about those who have an RV, and that’s the ability to be on the move. Depending on the size of your personal recreational vehicle, you can be packed and on the open road in anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours.

There are of course certain items you want to pack for when the rubber hits the road. Mine is a somewhat small but oh so incredibly important piece of road trip gear.

What is this extremely important item I won’t start and roll out my RV without you might be asking? In a way, it’s actually a 2-parter.

I won’t lave my current spot and head to a new destination without a way to make coffee, whether it’s a functioning coffee machine or just a way to boil water, and an insulated coffee mug made for driving.

My personal favorite is the IBEX stainless steel tumbler. It’s not too pricey and does the job perfectly. And, it’s big – 30 ounces big.

I prefer a bigger mug due to the fact that it lets me drive for a long period of time without needing a refill. Also, while this might be a little too much info, I usually need to take a restroom break right as I finish off those 30 ounces of delicious fresh brewed coffee.

I don’t use it day-to-day so if you are a 9-to-5er with a daily commute, I assume this would work just as well for you as it does for me. But as I have my kitchen directly behind me, I have a few regular “Best Dad” type coffee mugs as well.

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I strictly use the IBEX when I know I want to make some serious time on a drive from one place to the next. It keeps my coffee nice and hot and the spill proof lid keeps the coffee in my mug and off my lap.

The other very important part of this process is of course having good quality coffee. I like to buy beans and not ground coffee than grind it myself right before brewing a pot. I feel it gives a better richer flavor.

Because my space is limited, I like to use a manual grinder as it’s smaller and doesn’t need to be plugged in. I also feel I actually use less coffee this way for some reasons, though I have never truly tested it out. It would be a good idea to do so, as bringing along only what you need is always a way to save gas money.

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Anyway, if you are going to start your RVing lifestyle and plan to do a lot of driving and seeing a lot of new places, consider getting yourself a nice reliable tumbler. They are great for hot coffee and tea and even cold water if that’s your thing.

You won’t be disappointed.

India vs. China: Why China’s Agriculture Goes Further?

08 September, 2017

Although India’s arable land is slightly more than China's, China’s rice and wheat yields are 40% higher than in India.

The second decade of the 21st century will be a watershed in Indian agriculture. The government of India needs the agricultural GDP to achieve  a 4% growth rate for India to achieve its overall growth target, which is assist in the reduction of poverty.

In poor countries like India, the most effective way to reduce poverty is to increase agricultural incomes. About 70% of India’s population are rural people with just over 50% of the workforce engaged in agricultural production. But the data shows that from 1980 to 2000 the agricultural output price as a benchmark five-year moving average growth rate never exceeded 4%. Only in the last two years was ts growth rate fairly stable.

Amount of cultivated land in India is second only to the United States, but its land area is slightly higher than China. However, rice and wheat production in India ranks second in the world. China’s rice and wheat yields are 40% higher than in India. India’s fruit and vegetable production is also inferior to China, the second in the world. China’s fruit production is three times higher than India’s output. In spice production, consumption and exports, India sits in the top spot.

Although the overall number is surprising, India’s agricultural productivity is not high. On average, from 1970-1979 to 2000-2009, the Chinese paddy cultivation area declined by 600 million hectares. India during the same period increased 4.6 million hectares. In fact since 1960, the paddy cultivation area in India grew every year more than China. However, China’s overall production is still much higher than India. Although over time, differences in yield have declined, China is still significantly higher than the output of paddy fields in India.

For wheat, China in 1960 through 2000 planted more than India. But in the past 10 years, the situation reversed. China’s total grain area is an important reason for the decline. As China becomes more affluent, its domestic demand for grains has declined. Additionally, as the cost of exporting and shipping from China to the US has increased, wheat and grains grown for export has become less in demand.

One possible reason for low yield in India whether it is wheat, rice or other crops, the scale of individual farms are small possession. A 2001 census shows that 80% of the size of farms are less than 2 hectares with the size of an average farm being less than 0.5 hectares. Only 1% are large (10 hectares), with an average of 17.1hectares. The overall average farm size is only a meager 1.33 ha.

A recent government report noted that the size of small farms has become even smaller over time. 85% of the farmers lack access to agricultural investment. This is not surprising, because as the rural population has increased, available farmland has not. However, China’s average farm size is smaller -- on average only 0.6 hectares.

In China and India, mechanization on the small farm is inhibited. However, fertilizer use in China much more than India. In addition, China’s investment in agricultural research and development is much higher than India for the production of high-yielding crop varieties.

In India, over the past decade, including millet and other coarse grains, barley and beans will increase grain output, but only to keep up with population growth. Taking into account production, consumption, exports and imports as well as factors such as changes in reserves from 1990 to 1999 the average per capita share of grain net 174 kg, from 2000 to 2009 between 163 kg.

Although the use of groundwater in India has been a major factor in the rapid growth of agriculture, water scarcity and waste problems became more apparent. Many regions are eroded, requiring more and more deep wells were dug.

But most farmers could not afford the high cost of irrigation systems. Even in Punjab, India, the highest yield of rice and wheat, equals China most recent national average .

Who Makes the Best RVs: Alamor Weighs In

09 August, 2017

If you aren't from around Texas then you might not know that we all have opinions of just about everything, from cars to beer to presidents to well, RVs! This doesn't mean all we do is sit around and shout at each other, no sir. Texans are big, bold, and proud, but also educated and more than capable of putting up a good debate, especially if it is besides a campfire with a cold bottle of beer in hand. 

Spending nearly a decade now at Alamo RV park we seen dozens of people come and go and get quite a bit of news just by listening to what travelers say as they are passing through. We also keenly observe the continuous evolution of the RV and different trailer styles. From the all aluminum Air-Stream to the houses-on-wheels we got today, evolution has moved at quite the pace.

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One of the last American made RV's of lore: the Swinger Deluxe

Besides brand names, styles, and sizes, what's debated more than "self-propelled vs. tow-behind" is where the product is made. Similar to cars, many Americans are proud to only buy "American-made" products like Ford, Chevy, and other GM vehicles. This mindset applies to campers and RVs as well. 

Some people are more pragmatic and buy whatever brand offers the best quality for the lowest price. Recently it seems this means buying a camper unit that is at least partly manufactured in a place like China and shipped over to the U.S. in pieces where it is assembled domestically. 

We have remained pretty impartial on this whole debate, preferring to stand back, smile, and keep our two cents to ourselves. As luck may be though, just the other week we nearly had to to break up a fireside fist fight over the matter. In good Texas tradition, the next morning with the dawn of light people were up cleaning up and making amends. Still, it was this rather climactic event that led us to write this post on our official website sharing our own perspectives on the U.S vs. foreign made RV debate.

1. Most RVs have Foreign Components Anyways.

First we would like to point out we think this whole "made in China" vs "made in America" debate is a bit pointless. Things are not as black and white as many make them out to believe. Most of the Chinese made RVs are manufactured in China in pre-fab units that are assembled by American workers here in the United States. 

Many "American made" RVs on the other hand still have their components, like walls, veneers, electrical pieces and plumbing components imported from companies who have them manufactured in China. These components are then assembled and installed back in America by American workers. 

In both of the above examples there are elements of the construction process that takes place overseas. There ARE 100% American made RVs on the market, but they cost a pretty penny (not to say it ain't worth it!) but we rarely see these beauties and instead debates are often held between two guys both with partially foreign-made units!

2. Is Quality Really an Issue?

Now that we have determined most units are at least partially "made in China", we have to ask ourselves, how big of a concern is this? Do "foreign made" RVs have a much higher break down rate? Is quality that big of an issue?

From our perspective seeing thousands of RVs a year, it seems all brands and models face breakdowns on about equal par. We can not say definitively "X brand" always breaks and "Z brand" never breaks. It just ain't that clear cut. So if they all break down at some point, what's worth the debate we ask?

3. Budget is King

Another reason people should give up this RV fireside debate is because none of us know each others struggles and finances. A man making $100,000 a year cannot tell a man who only earns $30,000 a year what he should or should not buy. Campers and RV lovers come from all walks of life; from the uber wealthy to the well, less fortunate. They share a common passion for the open road, new territories and bonfires. 

Before we get heated and start ranking the best RV manufacturer let us keep in mind not all vehicles cost the same, and not all people have the same amount of money. Because you can afford an all aluminum 100% American-made unit does not mean everyone else can. For some people who are seeking to enjoy the outdoors the foreign made units are the only ones within their price range that allow them this pleasure.

It is this "shared pleasure" brings us to our final point

4. Focus on Enjoying Your Own Vacation

Pardon our French here, but who in the heck gives a damn about where your RV is made? We don't all hit the open road and and unite around fires at night or meals in the evening just to argue. No sir, we love to RV and we love to travel around America for the joy of adventure and the thrill of meeting other wonderful Americans. 

It is the people and the land that make this place so great, so let us stop concerning ourselves with trivial matters like where our RVs were made. Instead let's all just sit down and enjoy RVing together like it was meant to be! 

Sincerely,

-Alamo RV Park Staff


Living in a Bubble

07 August, 2017

Congratulations. You have a great career. You have your own cubicle. You have your own laptop. You have 10 days paid vacation and 8 paid federal holidays each and every year.

You even get to enjoy a company Christmas party every December.

If you work hard, you might get a raise. If you work hard you might get a bonus. If you work really hard you might even get your own office.

After four more years you'll get an extra 3 more paid days off. Amazing.

And best of all, after 26 more years, you might be able to retire. Wow. That's going to be amazing.

You will finally have some time to see the Grand Canyon. You can see Mount Rushmore. You might even be able to see the Cubs play a home game in Chicago.

That's going to be great.

But, not today. Today you need to check you email. Today you have a meeting at 1:30 and another one at 3:30. Today you have to work late because the company you work for laid off 3 people in your department to save some money.

No thank you.

Quit your job. Sell your suits and ties. Trade in your overpriced home to work to home shuttle.

Life is happening now. Get out of your cubicle. Get out of your office. Get out of your bubble.

Life is movement and movement is life. The time to live is now and there's plenty of living to do out there.

This isn't a novel idea. You have even heard it before most likely.

Are you a movie fan?

Remember hearing ,"Get busy living, or get busy dying."?

There's some serious truth to that quote.

So, what are you going to do?

Are you going to get busy living, or get busy dying?

If you choose the former, you're welcome to stay here. If the latter, best of luck.

 

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