I cruise at least once a year; many years twice and although I thoroughly enjoy the food, the drinks and social atmosphere with friends, I try to keep up at least a partial fitness routine. It’s now day two of our 10-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Celebrity Reflection and since I am training for a half marathon later this year I hope to continue my running program while onboard.
It is very easy just to forget working out while you are on a cruise; sleep in late and then laze around all day, but maintaining your fitness routine is important to your overall well-being. Here are a five tips that I use to stay on track as much as possible.
Order coffee and a light breakfast to your room. Each night, place the room service card outside your cabin door requesting coffee or other beverage and a light breakfast. This will get you up in the morning and provide enough energy to get you going. Room service, except late night dining, is usually free on most cruise ships.
Get up early. It is your vacation so give yourself a bit of slack, but if you keep to your normal routine as much as possible and get up around your usual waking time it will be that much easier to head to the gym.
Try the jogging track. Most cruise ships will have an outdoor jogging track on the top outside deck. The Celebrity Reflection has a 200 meter track on deck 15 used by both runners and walkers. If you are a runner, try going around 7 or 8 a.m. to avoid the congestion from more relaxed passengers out for a morning stroll. It will also be more comfortable before the temperature starts to rise too much.
Check out the fitness classes. On day one of our cruise, I visited the fitness centre on deck 12 and picked up the fitness class schedule. Each day, the centre offers a variety of classes such as abs workouts, spinning classes, yoga and stretching classes. Some of the classes are at extra cost, but you can usually find numerous free classes to either keep up with your usual routine or to try something new.
If you want to use the fitness machines, go later in the day. The fitness centre onboard is really busy, especially from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The treadmills, elliptical sand bikes are plentiful but are hard to secure during the busy morning period. If you want to run on the treadmill or use the other machines, I would recommend waiting till midday or just before dinner when less people are using the facilities unless you up and ready to go super early. On port days, the centre tends to be less busy all day.
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