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Old 08-27-2012, 10:40 PM   #21
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Greetings all,

How do you stay fit while cruising?
STAY fit, you say. That sort of implies that you ARE fit to start wtih.

Depends on where you're boating I would guess. Out here the choices are go to marinas or anchor/moor out in marine parks and harbors, or anchor out in undeveloped bays.

in the case of a marina, one can walk or run all they want on the roads. In the case of the marine parks there are usually trails that can be hiked, or in some cases jogged or even run. Anchoring out in a harbor one can generally dinghy to shore somewhere at which point you have access to the roads.

In the case of anchoring in undeveloped bays (no harbor or marine park facilities), going ashore can sometimes be difficult to impossible (or illegal). So a three mile run or whatever may not be in the cards. But you can row your dinghy instead of using the motor. You could get into kayaking if you have a way of carrying one on your boat. In warmer waters you could swim (not a good idea up here, though).

We find simply using the boat provides a fair amount of excercise althouigh not in a formal way. Going up and down the steep companionways to the fore and aft cabins. Walking around on deck while the other person drives. Just the instinctive bracing and balancing one does while underway, particularly when it's rough-ish, provides excersise for a lot of different muscles.

We have a dog that we take ashore several times a day so there is an incentive to go for a walk with him.

While we don't do this ourselves at this point we know people who carry bicycles on their boats and use them on the roads in the islands.

So lots of choices.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:49 AM   #22
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To me, it seems the OP wants the endorphin fix from his 3-mile run. If he doesn't get it, he gets cranky. Rowing the dinghy, walking the dog, isometrics or swimming the channel just ain't gonna cut it.

If it's illegal to go ashore to run, maybe that motivates you to run faster.

What say you, Pluto?
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:15 AM   #23
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To me, it seems the OP wants the endorphin fix from his 3-mile run. If he doesn't get it, he gets cranky
Solution seems simple then. Put a treadmill on the boat and hook it up to something useful like Flywright suggested. A generator or maybe modify one of those old crank-syle ice cream makers.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:09 PM   #24
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #25
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My best exercise is swimming. I wear bilateral braces, so can't run or jump rope or any of that, but in the water I can do all the stuff I can't do on land any more. Gives both muscle and cardio benefits, and the endorphins are also there.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:33 PM   #26
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Because of the shape of the over head on our cockpit, pull ups and chin ups can be done easily. Crunches and pushups take care of a lot of the rest for resistance training. For cardio, use oars for your dinghy.
I had this conversation with the owner of our marina last week. He wanted to set it up as more of a destination marina rather than a boat yard. There is a public wilderness park with several miles of trails on an island attached to our marina. i told him to start advertising the park; he also now rent kayaks for people coming for the weekend or longer. You are not alone in your concerns about staying in shape.
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:23 PM   #27
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Just standing on a boat will keep you in shape.

Many times people new to boating don't realize the muscles you use maintaining balance. Not cardiovascular but good never the less
Skipperdude has a major point there. Maybe choosing some rough weather traveling would keep you busy enough trying to keep ones balance at the helm. I once did about 1.5 hours of 6ft. chop at our relatively high single helm. I can tell you that after an hour or so, my legs were exhausted from trying to compensate for the motion.
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Skipperdude has a major point there. Maybe choosing some rough weather traveling would keep you busy enough trying to keep ones balance at the helm. I once did about 1.5 hours of 6ft. chop at our relatively high single helm. I can tell you that after an hour or so, my legs were exhausted from trying to compensate for the motion.

Ksanders you might want reconsider your stabilizer plan or you'll turn into a butterball.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:58 AM   #29
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Check out the TRX system used by Zero to Cruising. They have a blog. It seems to keep them really fit. www.zerotocruising.com
Lol they owned a gym before they went cruising. They are hard core workout nuts.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:28 PM   #31
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I don't think it will be a problem. I lost 40 lbs on my last cruise.
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One thing the boat doesn't have is an "all you can eat" buffett, an endless soda fountain or a chocolate wonderfall. Maybe the nest one?
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I don't think it will be a problem. I lost 40 lbs on my last cruise.
Your anchor rode fail?
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While living in Germany, my Admiral and I bought a Ketler mechanical resistance cross- trainer with boat use in mind. I doubt that most boats have the headroom to use it, but even so, the salt air promises an early death to the resistance mechanism. Meanwhile, I could use some trawler yoga classes to limber my stiffening frame for future trips into the gennie space.
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