How to Keep Fit on a Cruise — guest post by Sophie Anderson
Although going on a cruise allows you to get away from work and everything else back home, unfortunately there’s no getting away from your own body. It doesn’t take long to lose any fitness you’ve previously acquired, so it’s important to keep up a routine even while on vacation. Here are some ways to keep your heart nice and strong while on a cruise!
Utilise the Cruise’s Gym Facility
Almost every cruise ship nowadays has a gym facility on board, don’t let it go to waste! While some cruise ships only have a few cardio machines, others have state of the art equipment that make working out look like great fun! One fun gym activity that seems to be becoming more and more popular these days is rock-climbing – which is a great way to exercise and get the heart pumping!
Make Your Own Workout Space
There’s a possibility that your cruise ship’s gym facility is sub-par, so you might need to get creative. Luckily you don’t need any equipment to boost your heart rate, just a little dedication. You might need to move some furniture around, but your cabin makes a fine place to work out. Burpees, pushups, squats and dips are easy to do anywhere, and if you have a yoga mat (or some really thick blankets) then you could even do some abdominal work, too.
Sightsee on a Bicycle
Once you’re on-shore, forget about catching a tour bus or tuk-tuk, hop onto a bicycle instead! If your cruise line doesn’t offer bikes for hire, somewhere near the port should. Speak with your concierge onboard, most large cruise lines including P&O Cruises Australia can organise this for you ahead of time. By choosing to travel by bike you’ll get to see the country in its true light, untainted by tourists. Solo riding in whichever direction you please can give a much more authentic experience than heading to a popular landmark crawling with sightseers.
Take the Stairs
Although the elevator is super convenient and the stairs might look incredibly lengthy, you can burn an extra hundred or so calories a day just by taking the stairs. It increases your heart rate for a short amount of time, burning approximately 20 calories every two minutes!
Go for a Swim
Dive into the pool and wade around, play a game of Piggy In The Middle with your friends or family, maybe even go for a lap or two if there’s enough space. Swimming barely feels like working out at all, but it can do wonders for your fitness!
Partake in Group Fitness Activities
Whether it be yoga, TRX suspension training, an early morning island run or a spin class, running, jogging, cruises often run group fitness programs that you can get involved with. Royal Caribbean cruise ships even have their own running and jogging tracks onboard to keep you fit. This will surely keep you fit, but it’s also a great way to meet new friends for the trip too! These friends could even be the motivation you need to keep active on your vacation, you wouldn’t want to let them down by not attending the next class, right?
Join the Excursions
On port days try to get out there and see some sights with the tour group. You might be walking, kayaking, canoeing or cycling, but any of those are better options than lying on the ship’s deck all day! Besides that, you might as well see some sights while you’re around the place.
Challenge Yourself, but in a Fun Way!
Although you could challenge yourself by timing your running laps, turning up the cycling intensity, swimming faster, so on and so forth, these options aren’t always particularly fun. With any luck, you’ve chosen a cruise ship that has something along the lines of a surf simulator, a rope course, or a rock climbing wall! These are all quite difficult, but they’re so fun that you’ll never notice how hard you’ve been working!
Although most of these tips are useful regardless of which cruise ship you’re boarding, keep in mind that you’re more likely to keep active if keeping active is convenient. Choosing a cruise ship with a great range of facilities to keep your body moving is bound to make keeping up with your fitness regime far easier!
About the Author:
Sophie Anderson is a writer and team member at Cruise Agency in Sydney Australia. She enjoys spending time with family, keeping fit, and exploring and enjoying new cruise holiday destinations.