A Traveler’s Guide to Staying in Shape When You Set Sail

Let’s face it, a cruise vacation is designed to take you far away from the cares of the world, where the only items on your daily agenda is rest and relaxation. Naturally, with all you-can-eat buffets, endless drink options and entire afternoons dedicated to poolside lounging it can be a little tricky making those healthy choices during your days at sea. Check out our top 10 tips for healthy cruising on your next cruise getaway.

  1. Avoid the Unlimited-Effect: It can be easy to overindulge while you’re busy enjoying yourself on vacation. Just because the food is unlimited, doesn’t mean you should inhale it all. If you alternate between heavy and healthy meals and pay attention to portions you’re already taking a step in the right direction to maintaining that beach-bod.
  1. Find the Fitness Center: Don’t stay sedentary just because you’re at sea! Cruise ships have dedicated more time and space than ever to enhancing their fitness facilities, making sure to have the latest equipment to keep current with the trends. Sign up for spin, shake it at Zumba, or zen out at yoga. Even a quick jog on a treadmill will keeping you feeling fresh.
  1. Participate in Alternate Activities: Not a gym person? Not a problem! Whether you’re surfing the FlowRider, scaling a rock wall or busting a move on the dance floor, there are tons of activities onboard to keep you active. Some cruise lines have even incorporated more adrenaline-fueled activities such as rope courses for you to conquer.
  1. Play-It-Up in Port: It’s tempting to lay by the beach all day, but you’d be missing out on some seriously unique adventures if you do. Whether you’re in a new port of call or traveling to unexplored islands, take advantage of exciting excursions you can’t do anywhere else like hiking a volcano or kayaking to a hidden cove.
  1. Enjoy the View: Something as simple as a stroll around the promenade deck can be a great way to stay in shape during your cruise. Inhale the crisp ocean air, enjoy the incredible views and snap a few photos while you’re at it.
  1. Protect Your Skin: Being healthy doesn’t only mean watching what you eat and staying active. Skincare is equally as important! Whether it’s overcast or sunny outside, sunscreen is one travel essential that never goes out of style. Make sure to choose one that protects against both UVA and UVB. Bonus points if you end up smelling like a cool coconut in the process.
  1. Don’t Get Too Tipsy: Not only can alcohol make you more prone to seasickness, but nothing racks up the calorie count quicker than a cocktail. There’s nothing wrong with getting into the spirit via Piña Colada, just remember that it’s equivalent to eating dessert. So if you’re having one, you might want to avoid the other.
  1. Wash Your Hands: While this one may sound like a simple no-brainer, it’s still an important way to stay healthy on a cruise. With passengers in close quarters it’s always a good idea to keep a hand sanitizer nearby and scrub up often.
  1. Step into the Spa: If you’re like most: cruising can be synonymous with spa day. Try tranquility on for size with an indulgent day of masks, massages, saunas and scrubs. Some spas even have their own restaurants, with healthier options for those trying to stay slim at sea.
  1. Appreciate the Experience: And remember why you booked a cruise in the first place. Unwind, have fun and there’s certainly no harm in indulging now and then. Staying happy and stress free has plenty of health benefits too!