With fantastic fitness facilities, a cuisine selection to die for and destinations that make you want to get out and explore, cruising is a seriously great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle or exercise regime. Take a look at just a few of the ways you can stay fit whether onboard or ashore…

Hit the running track

Many ships feature a lengthy running track, offering up views that make your weekly jog around the countryside at home feel like the dark ages. You certainly won’t be lacking motivation as you jog around the edge of your ship, taking in sights of shimmering sapphire waters and the breathtaking landscapes of your next destination. If you happen to be on a ship without a track or you fancy taking it easy, a brisk stroll around the outskirts of your chosen ship will burn off plenty of calories and get your heart rate up without even realising. The idyllic views on offer will stir up positive changes for both your body and your mind.

Get out and explore

From the minute you step back on land in a whole new location, the world is your oyster. With a new location to explore, you can rack up some serious steps from simply roaming around the delights your destination has to offer. Even if you don’t stray far, you’ll be surprised how much exercise you do without even realising – a stroll along the beachfront and a walk around the town will have you burning off your breakfast in no time. If you’re wanting to really work up a sweat, then there’s always some amazing shore excursions on offer that require a little more elbow grease.

Work up a sweat in the gym

The fitness facilities onboard a cruise ship are simply second to none. From state-of-the art equipment to workout classes, there’s no reason you have to let your usual fitness routine go out of the window just because you’re on holiday. And with some ship’s gyms offering spectacular sea views as you put in your all on the treadmill, you can look forward to having a workout whilst looking straight out at the glorious big blue. Your motivation will only soar when you workout at sea! Plus, if you haven’t plucked up the courage yet to try out a different form of exercise at home, then your cruise is the perfect excuse to test out something totally new – have a go at yoga, pilates, or even take up a dance class! The choice is all yours.

Fresh, healthy food

Everyone knows one of the greatest things about cruising is the amazing food on offer. From big and beautiful buffets to top-notch cuisine in the a la carte restaurants, the selection of food available on your ship will be second to none. What would normally be a quick and tasteless dish at home becomes five star gastronomic perfection on a cruise – forget boring salads, think fresh, flavoursome, healthy options!

With so much choice available, you can choose to indulge a little or a lot – and with the superb fitness facilities around you, you can burn off that dessert in no time. Many cruise lines now cater to those wanting healthier food choices, and even offer dining venues that specialise in light and healthy dishes – but never compromise on flavour. Blu restaurant and the Aquaspa Cafe onboard Celebrity Cruises’ ships are great examples – munch down a nourishing salad or sip on a nutritious smoothie, all in the knowledge that the clean and crisp flavours are free from additives and full of natural ingredients.

Reward yourself in the Spa

And the best thing about smashing your workouts throughout your cruise? You get to relax and rejuvenate in the serenity of the spa, of course! There’s nothing like a sumptuous massage or treatment to help you unwind and relieve tension from your aching muscles. Lay back in the sauna or steam room and feel completely at rest – it’s the perfect way to reward yourself after a bit of intense cardio.

You could come back from your cruise feeling fitter, healthier and happier than ever – now who wouldn’t want that?

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