If you’re taking a cruise this year, be warned: luxury food and sunning on the deck can do havoc with your waistline – which is where exercise bikes come in.
Exercise bikes are the perfect piece of gym equipment on a cruise ship – a chance to pedal for miles while staying stationary on-board. While cycling on the exercise bikes, you can check out the ocean beyond – in fact a work-out on exercise bikes in the middle of the Caribbean ocean can be incredibly exhilarating, fixing on the horizon beyond. It may be the last thing on your ‘to do’ list when you’re taking a luxury cruise, but prioritising the on-board gym and taking a regular spot on the exercise bikes will keep you healthy and fit, keeping your waist line in check.
Exercise Bikes – Over eating and Over drinking
Luxury cruises are associated with endless buffets, free bars and snack-laden days. In between consuming lavish food and drink, lying on deck is only interrupted by a tour round an exotic location or an island stop. Exercise bikes are your secret weapon so you don’t end up feeling and looking like a beached whale.
Gym Junkies – Exercise Bikes, Treadmills and Weights
There’s really no excuse – all the top luxury cruisers now have on-board gyms, extensively equipped with exercise bikes, treadmills and weight training. In fact, for some a cruise is a chance to focus on getting fit and losing weight with the limitless activities available. As well as utilising the on-board exercise bikes, most cruises will have a fitness coordinator who will host morning and evening jogs around the deck. Like exercise bikes, you might be going nowhere fast but you do get in the work-out, while checking out the rising sun in the morning, or sunset in the evening, leaving you free to indulge guilt-free in between.
With the availability of exercise bikes, swimming pools and tennis courts, there’s really no excuse not to come home trim, tanned and relaxed. Thanks to the availability of food 24/7, it’s been estimated that the average cruiser gains 10lbs in just one week. But by choosing the healthier options and taking 20 minutes a day to dedicate to the exercise bikes, you can still adhere to your fitness or diet goals.
As well as using on-board gyms, exercise bikes and gym equipment, consider:
l Taking the stairs not the lift – most cruise ships have three or four plus decks, going from one deck to the other for shopping, sun bathing, restaurants or activities can be a lot of extra steps!
l Join in the daily deck jog every morning – getting into a routine of fitness will stand you in good stead.
l Aim for off-board activities that are physically challenging – tours, walks, scuba diving, horse riding etc.
l Rather than spend money on excessive drinking and eating every evening, consider using that cash to indulge in a spa treatment instead.