Not to sound condescending but what holds people back from exercising isn’t typically a lack of knowledge. Rather it’s much more often the lack of “get up and go” to Just Do It™ (didn’t want to forget the Nike® trademark there). We have read countless people on internet forums relaying their belief that cruising is an inherently healthy lifestyle and in many, many ways I am sure this is true. The implication of this belief though is that exercise is then not necessary. I’m sorry to say that sitting on a boat for hours on end, regardless of how many lines you pull or running around you do, is NOT a good exercise regime.
Yesterday Rebecca and I returned from Waupoos which was a 7 hour sail for us. We were sailing pretty fast (top speed 9 knots) with the wind on our stern and we had to do countless gybes to navigate the channel. It would have been easy to count all that activity as exercise but we decided that we had better do something more to earn that cold afternoon beer that was waiting for us. And all it took was an impromptu cockpit workout with some simple calisthenics while we were sailing.
Interested in doing something similar? Pick a few exercises that work with your available space. Tricep dips, pushups and knee tucks (pics below) were the first three exercises that came to our minds yesterday. Try something similar with 3-5 sets of however many reps you need to make you tired. Like I said, it’s not rocket science and you’ll enjoy the beer more when you’re done. We did!
In case you’re wondering, yes, we do take photos of just about everything. I like to pretend we’re on a reality TV show. 🙂