Fighting Cruise Curves – Five Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship

Anyone who has been on a cruise knows how it goes. Your usual eating habits go on a holiday of their own and suddenly a big breakfast followed by a three or more course lunch and dinner every day seems like a fine idea. With maybe a little ice cream or afternoon tea to help tide you over.

Even before you’ve counted the calories in your glass or three of wine with your meal or in the cocktails by the pool you’re definitely taking in a lot more energy than you’re burning, and it’s easy to finish a cruise with a little excess baggage around your hips.

It’s a lesson I learned on my very first cruise around the Mediterranean on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of The Seas. And again the following year on the same ship.

That was ten years ago, but it’s a lesson I keep on being reminded of every time I go on a cruise, and I know I’m not the only one.

So as we enter 2015 I’m planning to cruise a little differently from now on, with the help of a few easy exercises that I can do on any ship, any time. No gyms or equipment required. Ready? Here we go….

Stair Climbs

Super simple but effective, saying no to the elevator and taking the stairs is a great way to burn calories throughout the day. And there’s no need to stride them two at a time.

Researchers from the University of Roehampton found that you actually use more energy taking the stairs one step at a time than two.

They found climbing five floors of stairs five times a week burns 302 calories if you take them one at a time compared to 260 calories if you go for two at a time.

Just think what you could burn if you took the stairs every time you went from the pool to your stateroom to the dining room to the tender to the….

Jumping Jacks

When I sailed on Celebrity Century  I had my first Canyon Ranch experience. Sure, that was more about getting a luxurious massage and lying on a heated mosaic lounge in their Persian Garden, but they also have fitness and wellness classes that you can take.

When I asked the Wellness Manager for the Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea, Alen Scropetta, for a few easy to do exercises this was one of his favourites.

A classic for a reason, the Jumping Jack is still done today the way it was when you were a child. Just stand, then spread your legs and put your hands over your head and return to position. Go for one jump every second and you’ll help your legs, hips shoulders and cardiovascular system and burns about 12 calories a minute.

Mountain Climbs

Rock climbing walls may be standard on Royal Caribbean ships but if you’re a little shy or nervous about that idea why don’t you do some mountain climbing in your stateroom instead?

Alen Scropetta says Mountain Climbs are great for the abdominals and shoulders, and you can burn 600 calories an hour. To do this one get into the downward facing dog yoga position, then kick one knee towards your chest, followed by the other knee.

One left kick and one right kick equals one Mountain Climb, and you should aim to be doing one climb per second.

Belly Roll in Bed

When a fellow cruise lover told me about this one I knew it had to go on the list. An exercise you can do even before you’ve gotten out of bed? Winning.

Before you get out of bed stretch out your arms and legs and place the small of your back as flat as you can against the bed. Exhale completely and slowly roll up with your arms still stretched out.

Concentrate on your stomach muscles to pull you up, and stretch as far as you can and if you can reach touch your toes. Roll back down taking between two and five seconds per roll, and repeating 15 times.

The Plank

Another one that can be done in the privacy of your stateroom, or if you’re on one of the Celebrity Solstice Class ships you can feel like you’re in a park at sea do it on their real live lawns.

Lie face down on a towel and rest on your forearms with your palms flat on the floor. Push up off the floor onto your toes and resting on your elbows. Lie in a straight line with your back flat, and tilt your pelvis and hold your abdominals to prevent your rear from sticking up in the air or your middle sagging.

Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for three to five reps. This one is a great workout for the whole body, especially the abdominals, back and arms.

Curling up in a bubble chair on Celebrity Solstice.... put that on my 2015 travel wish list! Picture coutesy Celebrity Cruises

Make This The Best Year Ever

So there we have it, if you love to cruise but hate the weighty hangover these simple exercises will help fight that kilo creep.

If you’re interested in some other ways to make this your best year ever, I’m happy to say I’ve got some ideas for you.

I’ve teamed up with 40 great bloggers from around the world to share some great New Year New You tips. Check out the stories below and have a wickedly good 2015!

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1. How to Set and Keep Goals to Make This the Best Year Ever | Jen @ Girl in Garage

2. 15 Ways to Stay Organised at Work During 2015 | Elizabeth Harrin @ A Girl’s Guide to Project Management

3. How to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! | Jennifer @ My Boys & Their Toys

4. Completing Those Unfinished Projects in the NEW YEAR | Angela Lerew @ Unexpected Elegance

5. 42 Ways to Practice Perfectly & Become an Expert at Almost Anything | Amy Garro @ 13 Spools

6. 10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier This Year | Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health

7. 31 Days to a More Fabulous You | Julie Bonner @ Mom Fabulous

8. How to Make This the Best Gardening Year Ever | Kendra Spencer @ a Sonoma Garden

9. Make This the Best Monarch Season Ever | Tony Gomez @ Monarch Butterfly Garden

10. 12 Scriptures for Goals and Guidance | Julie @ Loving Christ Ministries

11. How to Build a Starter Emergency Fund in 30 Days or Less | Jackie Beck @ The Debt Myth

12. Family Verse of the Week Challenge for 2015 | Jamie Yonash @ Life is Sweeter By Design

13. Hot Work at Home Jobs for 2015 | Holly Hanna @ The Work at Home Woman

14.  A Year of Intention | Hilary Bernstein @ Accidentally Green

15. 2015: Our Best Year Yet | Ashley @ Leaving the Rut

16. Create a Better Life Story | Bronwen Warner @ Tummy Time and Beyond

17. Get Ready to Get MDfit | Tom and Anne @ Eat & Be Fit

18. 5 Free Ways to Learn Something New This Year | Sarah Fuller @ Saving Sarah

19. Healthy Leek Soup | Mirlandra @ Mirlandra’s Kitchen

20. Health Resolutions: Baby Steps to a New You | Ellen Christian @ Confessions of an Overworked Mom

21. 5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get Motivated to Work Out | Diane Nassy @ philZENdia

22. Be Prepared for the New Year | Jennifer Dunham Starr @ Memory Journalists

23. 3 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2015 | Joe Goodwill @Average Joe Cyclist

24. New Year’s Resolution: Cook More Often! | Kim Pawell @ Something New for Dinner

25. I Should What? 28 Ways to be Happier | Karen Young @ Hey Sigmund

26. 9 Ways to Get Healthier In The New Year | Amy Maus @ Home and Farm Sense

27. In 2015 Resolve to Take Control of Your Money | Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet

28. Eucharisteo: A Year of Thanksgiving | Lani Padilla @ Simply Fresh Vintage

29. No More Tears at IEP Meetings: Make This Your Best Year Ever! | Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes

30. Learn to Save Money on Groceries | Melissa Buckles @ Everyday Savvy

31. How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution – For Real This Time! | Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

32. 52 Weeks to a Better You: Week 1 – Go to Bed Early | Mindi Cherry @ Moms Need to Know

33. Food Street: How a Community Has Joined Forces to Start a Street Farm | Sam Walker @ Bubble ‘N Squeak

34. Organizing Coupons with the Binder Method | Sara Steigerwald @ Sisters Shopping on a Shoe String

35. How to Make This Year the Happiest Yet | Shambray @ Shambray.com

36. A New Year, A New You | Sharon Rowe @ How to Get Organized at Home

37. 5 Ways to Get Paid for Losing Weight This Year | Anna @ Real Ways to Earn Money at Home

38. Tips for Successful Whole30 | Deanna Michaels @ From This Kitchen Table

39. 75 Ways to Be Healthier in 2015 | Maryea Flaherty @ Happy Healthy Mama

40. How Personal Style Will Help You Achieve Goals Faster in 2015 | Cherene Francis @ Aura Image Consulting

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As a journalist who loves to travel and is fond of a chat I'm oh so happy when I'm sharing travel tales and tips through my blog and on my weekly travel segment on Sydney Radio 2UE. When I'm not travelling or writing about it I can be found out and about with friends, curled up at home with a good book or watching an addictive tv show promising I'll stop after one more episode. Amanda on Google +

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  1. Great exercises Amanda. Taking the stairs on a ship is not only great exercise, it is often faster than waiting for a full elevator!

    • Thanks Briar… and you’re so right about it being faster than waiting around sometimes. Even walking down those stairs can help get the old body moving (though maybe not use up enough calories to make up for some of the delicious food I love to eat on a ship!)

  2. I didn’t know one could exercise on a cruise! Haha, thank you very much 🙂

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