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attagirl 03-28-2007 08:03 AM

Any person who cruises knows that at the end of your cruise you are either going to have lost weight or gained weight, which will you be Buff or Buffet? Maintaining an exercise regimen at sea is actually very easy to do, and if you balance your eating at the buffet with the many activities and exercise centers that are available you can have the best of both worlds.

Food is always tasty and plentiful, on most cruise ships as they generally offered 24-hours a day.

So here is the question: What do you do in order to maintain your weight while on a cruise?

Svein 03-28-2007 08:43 AM

When I was working onboard all I did was to take a look at the average passenger and that scared me out of the messroom and into the gym

Andrealovescruising 03-28-2007 09:01 AM

My husband and I start out every single morning at the track doing 3-4 miles. We do it at home and we don't choose to stop just because we're on vacation. In the afternoon, after we've had some sun, we head to the ship's gym and work out on the equipment and finish by doing some alone time, without our daughters, in the gym's whirlpool. It has just become a routine for us and when we do decide to order dinner, we don't feel guilty. Warm, chocolate melting cake...mmmm.......

carlg 03-28-2007 09:07 AM

Same here. I don't jog, but I love to workout. I hit the gym at sun up and then enjoy breakfast. I watch my weight before I leave, and when I get back, but during a cruise....I indulge! With all the watersports and fitness equipment available, it's great! I may gain a little, but it's not too bad.

penny3333 03-28-2007 10:44 AM

With all the activities during a cruise, snorkeling, walking, using the stairs instead of the elevators, it seems hard for me to gain weight. If I do gain a couple of pounds, it's usually from alcohol. Besides, I'm on vacation, I'll worry about it or not when I get back to the drudge of working.

Jill SC 03-28-2007 11:10 AM

When we are at sea, and if we don't walk enough in port, we always spend at least 1/2 hour walking laps around the deck. And we usually take the stairs instead of the elevator. We eat well at mealtimes, but we don't snack much during the day, and don't drink a lot, so it is fairly simple to maintain our weight.

BirdLady 03-29-2007 12:02 PM

Now that you bring it up, I have a question. When (if ever) is the gym least busy? Early morning, mid morning, early afternoon, later afternoon or evenings?


Andrealovescruising 03-29-2007 02:33 PM

Erika, Pride had a state-of-the-art gym area and it was packed most any time of the day. Early morning is the most popular time in my opinion. You won't find it too awfully busy in the evenings, especially after everyone has showered and dressed up for dinner. People will usually use the machines on a circuit. If weights are tied up, I'll go to the elliptical or stair climber, do that for a few minutes and wait for a machine to clear, then go there.

SD Cruiser 03-30-2007 05:01 AM

On Spirit the gym opened at 6:00 AM, and that was the time my husband and I worked out. The gym just had a couple of people besides ourselves, and that worked well for us.

MrOctober 03-30-2007 06:27 AM

I work out by the pool doing 12 ounce curls as I listen to My I-Pod.
However I called Carnival and they Up'ed the weight to 16 Ounces for my last cruise. Once I get used to that my next step would be for 24 Ounces.
I just have to remember to keep switching hands.

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