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Not every cruise is a lengthy one; you can spend just a few days on Columbia And Snake River Cruises, or island hopping in the Caribbean, if you choose to. But, what if you do decide that a long cruise is a good option for you? It's important that you do not treat the entire cruise as a time for indulgence. Doing so can cause you to feel lethargic and ill, which can spoil your enjoyment of the cruise.
You need to combine the enjoyment of all you can eat buffets with some effective exercise. This does not mean you have to take to the gym every day; it just means that you should think about how to make the best of onboard opportunities to keep yourself fit.
Take a walk around the ship
Walking is an excellent form of exercise, and the decks of a ship are well designed for you to be able to take a walk each day. You may want to think about getting up early, so that you avoid busy times on deck. Doing so should also help you feel invigorated for the rest of the day. You can even make use of one the best fitness apps around; to help you stay on track.
Watch what you eat
We are not suggesting that you go on a strict diet while you are on the cruise. Given the amount of food that will be available, to tempt you, this is probably not practical. But, you can still be aware of what you are eating. Just because you can eat as much as you like does not mean that you should. Check out healthy food options on the menu, and choose to have just one small portion, for at least some of your meals onboard.
Have a go at the classes
One of the best things about cruises is that there is always something going on; including lots of classes. Attending these classes can be an excellent way of making sure that you keep as fit as possible, while you are on the ship. You should be able to find traditional fitness activities, such as spinning classes. If this type of class does not interest you, it may be a good idea to opt for something that you find fun, which can also keep your fitness levels up, such as salsa dancing classes.
As you can see, there are ways you can remain fit and healthy, even when you are living amidst the temptations of a cruise for a long period of time. You do not need to refrain from excess all the time, but you should be sensible. If you take regular exercise, and keep an eye on what you eat, while you are on the cruise, you should be able to avoid the strain of trying to regain your fitness once you get back home.