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Old 31-08-2010, 12:32   #1
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Liveaboard Exercise Routines ?

There is no exceptions, sailing can be the most peaceful calming experience of your life... It can turn into the most demanding and physically exhausting experience of your life with only seconds warning. How do you stay fit and trim or at least ready for action on board your boat? Do you carry any exercise gear? Do you use any of the rigging to help you in your exercise routine? Swimming will be a common answer I am sure but not to sure I want to be swimming every day in a winter ocean.

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Old 31-08-2010, 13:10   #2
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Winch grinding (upper body), engine maintenance (isometrics and ab crunches), and nighttime gybes (cardio)

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Old 31-08-2010, 14:35   #3
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Learn Chi Gong. You don't need any space to move around it - you'll look really cool doing it on a beach or up on your bow.

Or you can get a dog. Launch and land him at least two times a day for shore patrol, chase him around on the beach, throw a frisbee or a tennis ball into the water, winch and store the dinghy, rinse the dog, dry the dog, clean the dog hair off the boat. Repeat at least every twelve hours. You'll be so exhausted you won't have time to do your Chi Gong.

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Old 31-08-2010, 15:28   #4
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You might want to check this thread:


You'll hear a lot of "sailing is a great workout I'm always tired!", but being exhausted doesn't necessarily mean you gained an ounce of lean body mass, are calorie balanced, or increased your aerobic capacity.

For me the key is take the real world of strength training, conditioning, and diet, and bend it to fit around the boat. You're not going to build bone density cranking a winch and the worst storm in the world isn't going to do beans to improve your cardiovascular system.

If you could get a kick ass workout by just sailing, trust me, every body builder and marathon runner would be sailing.
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Old 31-08-2010, 16:22   #5
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G'day, mates. We sign up power walk a half marathon every November. Just started in training mode for the next few months by getting ashore and walking 6 to 10 ks a day when the weather cooperates. Moderate hiking and walking the rest of the year keeps the mid section under control so we can enjoy an adult beverage or two. A new pair of good shoes a year is cheap preentive medicine. Cheers.
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that's a great plan and a great attitude. building health and fitness into your lifestyle is the only way i know of to make it stick, and it's fun.

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