Our holidays are imminent and all we can think about is over indulging on good food and drink. My article empowering travellers on how to stay healthy on a cruise will bring to light just how readily available a nutritional diet and healthy eating has become on a cruise liner holiday.
Just walking the perimeter of the ship is a great excuse to keep you in shape whilst taking a cruise but for those of you that are first-time cruisers wishing to grab a few tips before you go will hopefully benefit from the information I am about to provide below.
I would never suggest preparing your holiday suitcase without packing a gym kit or at least a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Experiencing the gym at sea of an early morning at sunrise has to be one of the main activities I look forward to when going on a cruise holiday. I am not suggesting you push your body to the limits every day whilst on vacation, you may not even like the idea of exercising in the gym. Gyms on board a cruise ship are definitely an experience you must try. Pop in there before grabbing your morning coffee even if it is just for the sunrise at sea experience. Take advantage of having a slow pedal on an exercise bike or a brisk walk on the running machine whilst the rest of the ship is still sleeping. Gyms onboard cruise ships are less intimidating than public gyms and you are left to work at your own pace without interruption. With a floor to ceiling view of the ocean or a new arrivals port, how could you possibly resist that view?
Trying healthier meals
I really don’t recall seeing anything majorly unhealthy on the buffet carts. Of course, there is always a small area of burgers and fries but all is grilled and not fried. Amongst the buffet carts and food stations are an array of different salads and meats offering a sample of different foods every day.
In the main restaurants, a vitality option is offered for every meal, meaning the healthiest foods have been put together for you and approved by a Michelin style chef. These choices are available at no extra charge and are usually appropriate for those of us with food allergies. Just be sure to look out for the symbol on the menu or ask your waiter.
Have you ever tried meditating or even just a gentle stretch in the mornings? As a busy Mum on board
, I like to get up at 6 am and join in with a yoga class or just a stretching routine myself in a quiet corner and get ready for a fun day ahead. Quiet time gently stretching your muscles and opening up our breathing will do our blood flow wonders meaning our brains are more alert.
Sometimes I find a quiet spot with my Daughter and let her grab a yoga mat too. You will be amazed at how flexible kids are.
Did you know that most cruise ships have a running track? The route is usually situated on one of the other deck and consists of four lanes. The lanes are clearly marked for either running or walking. Even if you are not a runner, it is a nice way to take in some sea air by walking around the dedicated space.
I used to push the buggy around the walking track whilst trying to get my baby/toddler to nap. Exercise for me too which was always a bonus.
There are so many ways to over indulge whilst keeping trim on your next cruise holiday.
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