If you are having a pre cruise stay of a couple days or more, investigate the local area for running trails, parks and bike rental options. I had researched our hotel's website and found that they had a nice gym and also were close to the Don Soffer Exercise Trail. We walked the trail and used the hotel bikes to ride several loops one morning. Another option is swimming, but unfortunately, it was a bit too cool for me to get in the pool or ocean.
After our first dinner aboard the ship, I organized my exercise gear for the next morning. Putting my clothing, running shoes, I-Pod shuffle and room key in the bathroom meant I was far less likely to skip my run and it would keep me from disturbing Tom while I got ready. Being an early morning riser helps tremendously too since the gym is never crowded at that time. I had just resumed running while on the trip after my IT Band injury so the treadmill made it easy to keep an even pace. There were days that we had a bit more motion so I made sure to attach the safety clip and occasionally I even had to grab the handrails.
|Beautiful gym equals no excuses|
Exercise classes are also offered on most cruise ships and while I had planned to attend afternoon Yoga several different days, lounging at the pool won out. Spin classes, aerobics, stretching and others were also available and probably larger cruise ships have even more to choose from. A paddle ball court and a mini golf course were on the upper deck and I challenged Tom to a game one afternoon. This probably does not count as marathon training but we had a lot of laughs and he skunked me!
While not specific planned workouts, you can get some good physical exercise if you choose the active excursions off the ship. A snorkeling adventure in St. Barts turned into a a brief swim session for me while the rest of our group spent time looking at fish. Normally I would snorkel, but it was not an area for sea turtles so I just swam. On several islands, it would have been possible to grab a pair goggles and enjoy a swim workout in the ocean. When we visited Tortola in the British Virgin Islands an option for a Virgin Gorda Baths and Caves tour piqued our interest. A scheduled rest day turned into an agility exercise as we meandered through gorgeous caves for over an hour.
Keeping in mind that this is a vacation it never bothers me to miss a workout. However, after my recent IT Band injury, it was important I get back on track with running so I was diligent this time on getting to the gym. Plus, how could you feel badly going for a chocolate shake almost every afternoon of the cruise if you had done an early morning workout.
Any tips for training while on a cruise?