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Old 06-11-2014, 07:09   #1
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Getting Exercise Living on a Boat is Difficult

We do swimming and fast walking on the beach.
I row the dinghy for a cardio workout.
My wife uses a SUP (Stand Up Paddle board) to get her cardio.

Some say they do Yoga.

What do you do for exercise when cruising on your boat?
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

Sit ups, push ups, and squats require no equipment, work most of the large muscles and can be done anywhere. Exercise bands are easy to carry.
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I don't know these two personally, but I believe they sold their martial arts studio to become live-aboards, and now Capt/First Mate. They have a pretty serious exercise routine, if you want to be ripped....

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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

An SUP board will kick your ass. We have 2 inflatables and an electric pump, (it's too hard to pump them up by hand.) It is going to take a while to get up to speed on these things but it's a good workout. And, you can bring the beer with you.
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

check out NY Times Advance 7 minute workout. .... for aerobics, swim, row, jog on beach??
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

I normally row my dinghy about, unless it is a really long haul, in which case I step its mast and sail.
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Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

I work offshore and we don't have weights on board. I bought a set of gofit power tubes that can be anchored by the hinges in any cabin door. Pretty good buy if you ask me.


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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

I always thought Boat Maintenance WAS all the exercise...
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

We have friends we cruise with a lot. The wife likes to use these AquaBells Dumbbells Water Weights.
They are soft, so they will not damage your boat.
Can adjust how much water weight is in them.
You Can stow them in a very small area.
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

We make a point to walk at every port. Long distances. Now, if I was going to be at sea for days, with no chance for land walks, I'd take a treadmill or stairstepper or some form of equipment with me.

We also carry a basketball and tennis equipment with us and try to make sure we play one or the other or both fairly regularly. You can find courts in places you'd never expect. We even found a tennis court in Alaska and played basketball in a high school gym.
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

I rowed my dinghy a lot. The only problem was people who kept coming up and wanting to tow me.
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

Got a TRX system for boat workouts. Getting a dynamax 20 lb med ball as well. Paddle boards and swimming should round it off. I crossfit now but will transition to these as we start cruising.


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thats why i kept my manual anchor winch
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

16 oz internal weights

lift 16 oz, then 15, then 14, then ...................................... 0

change hands and repeat
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Re: Getting exercise living on a boat is difficult

I'm with Sailor boy, 16oz curls.
My body is pretty much shot from all the exercise I used to get, time to give it a rest.
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