Research shows the average cruiser puts on about half a kilo a day during a cruise. It doesn’t take a mathematician to work out what that means if you’re cruising for a few weeks.
But on today’s cruise ships this doesn’t have to be your inevitable fate. Even if you do enjoy the occasional second dessert (the tiramisu was to die for!), there are plenty of ways to work it off, and feel your fit and fabulous self when you disembark.
Here are eight ways to keep those cruise kilos away while at sea
Hit the Gym
Most cruise ships offer a gym these days, with some putting your local fitness centre to shame. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis- and Freedom-class ships have some of the most advanced gyms at sea, with boxing rings and breathtaking views over the ocean (if you have any breath left to take, that is!). Norwegian Epic just about tops that with a combined gym and spa spanning 2,800 square metres, enough room for state-of-the-art equipment, weights, kettlebells, a spacious studio and a TRX suspension training room. And it’s not only the big ships; Seabourn’s more intimate cruise ships also have state-of-the-art gym facilities.
Join a Workout Class
Not everyone’s a gym person, but that’s no excuse with the fantastic range of exercise classes on offer. It’s de rigueur for cruise ships to offer yoga, spinning and Pilates in their various forms. Some add Tai Chi, Zumba and bootcamps to the mix too. Sorry.
Let’s face it – the chances of swimming lengths in a traditional cruise ship pool are pretty slim. But some ships, like Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice-class, feature a dedicated pool for adults, where you can swim lengths without having to dodge kids. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas even has a dedicated sports pool, which is dedicated to lane swimming for some of the day and water sports games for the rest.
Get your groove on
If your idea of getting fit is shakin’ your thang on the dance floor, you’re in luck. Check out the activity schedule for dance classes and you’ll likely find anything from salsa and ballroom to hip-hop. Royal Caribbean has even been known to host a four-part lesson dedicated to Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance!
Run a few laps
Practically all ships have a promenade around the ship, but some of the newer, bigger vessels now boast a dedicated jogging track or even an in-line skating track. Some, like Carnival’s, are padded so you don’t need to worry about your knees. And remember, the bigger the ship, the fewer laps you need to run to meet your daily quota!
Shoot some hoops
Most ships have a sports court where you can play tennis, basketball and other court-related activities. And the best part? This is something you can enjoy with friend or family without it actually feeling like hard work!
Adventurous On Deck Activities
Newer ships go beyond the sports court to bring you activities that will get the heart rate and adrenalin pumping. Think zip-line courses, soaring rock climbing walls, surfing and ice-skating. And for something different, Seabourn’s Odyssey-class ships feature a water sports marina off the back where you can go waterskiing or kayaking!
Get active on-shore
Take advantage of the active shore excursions to get your dose of fitness in new surroundings. Join the city walking tour. Hike through a forest. Play Frisbee on the beach. Hire a bike and cycle the coastline. Plus, you’re bound to discover some hidden gems along the way.
If you really want to be health-conscious, some ships now offer health-conscious gourmet menus with special consideration regarding carbs, sodium, fats and sugars. We swear – you wouldn’t even know the difference…