Wellness Wednesday – Sailing the 7 Seas

Cruising on a Sunday afternoon…
~song lyrics~
or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Disney, themed and destination cruises (e.g. Alaska)

Big ships, small ships, historic ships and tall ships, cruising is big business in the travel industry. They are, however, notorious for their buffets, with cheap all-you-can-eat Vegas buffets and all-inclusives not too far behind. This can lead to unhealthy weight gain during your travels. Balance buffets with exercise.

Use the on-site gym facilities, swim laps in the pool or jog on deck at sunrise. If you work out regularly, here’s a chance to change up your routine. There’s likely to be pretty decent equipment onboard and also a chance to meet your fellow passengers.

Make exercise part of your routine. A thirty minute intense workout incorporating cardio, muscle and core conditioning done 3 times a week should be sufficient. Supplement by doing a walking tour at ports of call or take a sunset stroll on deck. Perhaps there’s even a disco where you can dance the night (and some calories) away.

Of course you paid to have good food so savour the indulgence, but do so sensibly. Balance treats with healthy food by having small portions of the former with generous portions of the latter. Eat fibre and protein at the same sitting to help slow down the spike in blood sugar.

There will be a lot of food to tempt you and though you did pay for it, ‘all-you-can-eat’ doesn’t have to mean eat all you can.

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