Fitness, booze and the cruising lifestyle
Eleven days ago I started a masochistic experiment of potentially epic proportions. I gave Rebecca 100% control over my diet and exercise regime for an entire month. Why would I do this? Good question. Why do people climb Everest? Seriously though, I wanted to take my fitness level up a few notches before the charter season started, and shed a few pounds, and we all know how disciplined Rebecca is with her exercise.
To make this even more interesting (and effective), both Rebecca and I swore off alcohol for the month. Now, we’ve done this before, giving up alcohol for 30 days or more, and in truth we don’t find it all that tough. Others might though, especially given the lifestyle that we find ourselves immersed in.
Alcohol is such a huge part of the cruising social scene. Take this week for example… Wednesday night we attended a sunset dinghy raft up, last night there was a jam session at a local watering hole, and tonight there is a special party that we’ll be attending. Saturday is the Hash, and by now you may know that Hashers describe themselves as “drinkers with a running problem,” and Sunday there will be the usual afternoon beach party at Roger’s on Hog Island. While we never feel pressured to drink at any of these events, the consumption of alcohol is definitely a large part of them. I’m guessing those with less willpower may have a tough time of it.
What are the benefits of not drinking? Aside from the obvious health benefits which, especially important for me, includes lower blood pressure, we also spend a lot less money. Over and over people ask what it costs to go cruising and we generally refuse to answer as it depends on an individual’s circumstances and lifestyle, Well, this is an example of a lifestyle choice that would have a huge impact on budget. At least for us, it does.
Anyway, to make this month-long experiment worthwhile, Rebecca and I took “before” pics and measurements, and she has been recording my workouts and food for the month. We’ll see where we end up.
Oh, and on the subject of exercise, I should mention that in spite of what the above might seem to imply, there are a large number of cruisers here in Camp Grenada who do seem to be relatively fitness conscious. Every day several Yoga classes take place, and there is Noodling (water aerobics of sorts) by the beach. Volleyball is also very popular and in fact, a 4-on-4 multi-day volleyball tournament just got under way this week. I’m pretty impressed by the turnout to these events.