Do you guys remember two years ago when I went on a cruise for Spring Break? If you forgot, check out this post and then come back…
Go ahead…I will Wait…
I was out-of-control on the entire cruise. I made bad choices and ate too much but I did have fun! So, I asked myself, “Is it possible to stay in control while cruising?” I think without a doubt the answer is, “Yes!”
Who better to answer that question than someone who knows cruises better than most – a cruise specialist. When Caroline asked me if she could give some tips on how to stay on plan during a cruise, I thought you guys would love that…especially with Spring Break upon us! Many of us have cruise vacations coming up in the next few weeks/months.
Without further ado, tips for cruising in control!
Even though you’ve worked hard all year to look awesome in your bathing suit while on your cruise, it’s important to maintain those healthy habits while on board. The good news is there are loads of ways to do it on your next Caribbean vacation or a Hawaii cruise.
When you board the ship and start exploring everything it has to offer, be sure to make the gym one of the first places you visit. Pick up a workout schedule and pre-plan the classes you want to take and the machines that you want to use. The gyms onboard include free weights, weight machines, treadmills and other cardio equipment.
While in the gym, it’s always a good idea to take a tour and get a feel for the machines, deciding which ones you’d like to use.
There are so many different classes offered on cruise ships, that there’s sure to be one that you will enjoy. Cruise lines are doing a great job keeping up-to-date on the latest work out trends. Almost all cruise ships offer state-of- the-art indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates, boot camp, and muscle pump classes. This is also a great time to try a new class and see if it’s a good fit for you. Here are some examples of what you’ll find at sea:
- Zumba Classes: Many cruise lines offer this popular dancing workout where you can learn some new moves.
- Personal Training: Almost all cruise lines have personal trainers on hand to help you take your work out to the next level.
-TRX Training: While not offered on all cruise lines, there are some that offer this full body suspension workout.
-Kickboxing: Some cruise lines allow you to feel the burn in the boxing ring.
Of course you can mix up your work out by hitting some of the onboard sporting areas. You can reach new heights as you race to the top of the rock climbing wall, or test your speed on the onboard ice skating rinks. Test your balance and hang ten on Royal Caribbean International’s FlowRider®, a surf simulator.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship Norwegian Breakaway offers the largest ropes course at sea, nothing like practicing for a Tough Mudder race without getting muddy! Some cruise ships have basketball courts for you to get your dunk on. For a more relaxing workout, you can challenge your friends to a game of mini-golf. Cruise ships are huge and just walking around can give you a work out, so don’t be lazy, take the stairs whenever possible!
Don’t be shy on the dance floor, dancing burns tons of calories!! Dance your night away and you will be happy the next day when your legs are sore.
Cruises are known for abundance of delicious dinning choices. With some self-control and making healthy choices it is possible to not gain weight and, even lose weight. All cruise lines have multiple dining options which include healthy and fresh food options. Sure the late night ice cream bar may sound delicious, but will you regret it the next day? There are endless amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from, so make yourself a nice fruit salad and, trust me you won’t regret that later!
If you don’t see something that you would like to eat or drink, just ask a staff member onboard and I am sure they will do their best to help you!
Just like anything else in life, a cruise vacation does not have to ruin your diet and workout. We all understand that it is hard to pull yourself away from the casino, pool, shows or bar to squeeze in a workout. And sure we all understand how delish a hot gooey piece of chocolate tastes, but remember there are healthy options out there. Plus, don’t forget you’ve worked hard to get that bathing suit body ready for your vacation, so don’t stress if you do eat that chocolate cake or you don’t get a workout in everyday; you are on vacation after all, and you deserve it!
Caroline Thomas works at The Cruise Web. The Cruise Web is a travel agency that specializes in cruising. The expert cruise consultants focus on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation! Follow the company for great deals and the latest cruise news on Facebook and Twitter.