When you’re busy with working and attending to guests, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. Maintaining a consistent workout schedule is one of the ways to stay on top of your health. However, yacht crew quarters and full work days can make it tricky to find space and time. Here are some ways that you can keep a fitness schedule while on board:
Keep It Simple
Lack of space is not an excuse. You can do even the simplest of exercises in small spaces with zero equipment. Try these “anywhere” bodyweight exercises, for a week’s worth of small space moves. If that’s not your thing, yoga and stretching regularly increases your flexibility and keeps you relaxed.
Be Careful of Overexertion
While you should push yourselves in your workout, it should never be to the point of injury. During guest trips, there is no time to be down and out. Start slow and see how your body responds. If it’s too easy, it’s okay to hold a position for longer or add more reps. In the case an injury does happen, remember R.I.C.E.–rest, ice, compression, elevation. Rest and keep it iced and elevated in your limited downtime; keep it compressed in a bandage the rest of the time.
Don’t Forget Your Mental Fitness
Find a little space on board that you can make your own for a short period of time. Have a cup of coffee, journal, meditate–whatever you need to do to mentally reset for the day. We recommend Headspace and Calm Apps for a free way to meditate. When your mind is in the right place, your body will follow.
What’s your favorite way to keep fit on board?