While scanning our blog’s statistics page recently, I came across a link to a boating forum where someone posed the innocent question “how do I stay in shape while cruising?” This type of inquiry seems to come up semi-frequently on these forums (one can only discuss ground tackle so much, right?) and as sometimes happens, because of the workout stuff I often post, our blog gets linked during the ensuing discussion. On the occasions when I take the time to visit and read through these threads, I most often find them littered with armchair advice from people who likely haven’t exercised a day in the last 10 years. The original poster will typically be told to swim, walk to the grocery store or my favorite, not to worry because “you don’t need to exercise as you’ll get enough of a workout just being on a moving boat.” I can just picture the overweight and unhealthy types throwing out that kind of crap. Anyone can be an expert on the internet I guess. Hell, just look at us!
Seriously though, when it comes to working out, I do consider ourselves to be experts and unlike some of those who only spout off theory, we continue to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk, even after leaving our martial arts and fitness gym behind us in Canada.
In addition to helping me keep current with this blog, Rebecca has been working to share relevant fitness and health info on her own website, StrengthPLUS.ca. On her site you will find both workouts, in text, image and video format, and tips that she found helpful during her quest to stay healthy while living afloat. If you’re eager to jump right to the videos, here is the link to our YouTube channel.
You’ll no doubt see that in several of our published videos we are exercising with devices called suspension trainers, either the TRX or the aeroSling Elite. It should come as no surprise to anyone following along in our blog that we love these tools! In our opinion they are the perfect match for the traveller looking to keep in shape. They are both small, lightweight, durable and super versatile. They can easily be attached on just about any boat in seconds and can just as easily be taken ashore to use on some nice, sandy beach!
Before shedding their land-based encumbrances and setting sail, many people have concerns about leaving their government or corporate health care behind. In our minds, fitness and proper nutrition is the front line of remaining healthy. If you agree, give Rebecca’s StrengthPLUS.ca site a look and then make the commitment to follow along with us in some of the workouts that we enjoy.