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Old 18-02-2021, 07:31   #61
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Re: Cruisers: How do you stay fit?

One of the funnest things I do when we are cruising, is to take the dinghy out (we had an 11 foot Boston Whaler on our last two cruises) and just row it for an hour or so. We had real wooden oars that were sized to fit it.

I could row the traditional way (pulling) from one oarlock position, then move them and row by pushing on the oars, to work out more muscles. It's a great upper body resistance workout, and not a bad conditioning workout. Does nothing for the legs, of course.

The only problem was when I had the engine on, and in the up position, and trying to convince all the Good Samaritans going by, that I really was just doing it for fun and exercise, and did't need a tow!
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The only problem was when I had the engine on, and in the up position, and trying to convince all the Good Samaritans going by, that I really was just doing it for fun and exercise, and did't need a tow!
Me too!

I often row my dinghy around, instead of using the engine. But in busy anchorages I've had to wave off many fellow boaters who see my engine up and want to come to my rescue. I always thank them and try to explain, at which point they usually either look confused (why?), or just look like they think I'm crazy (which might be correct ).
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Re: Cruisers: How do you stay fit?

Whether you will find yourself fitter when cruising is directly related to how fit you were before you left. If you were sedentary, you will be more fit cruising. If you were very active on land, you will lose fitness - no two ways about it.

When we lived on land I walked to work every day, clocking five miles a day on moderately hilly terrain plus all of the walking I did throughout the building to talk to people in person vs picking up the phone. I also did yoga regularly, and I used to ride my bicycle. 15 miles was a warm up.

I can honestly say that after cruising full-time for 2 1/2 years I am in the worst physical shape of my life. The weight is the same, but I have much less muscle. Swimming, snorkeling, walking around a bit, yoga in the main cabin, and pulling sheets while sailing is no comparison to the regular exercise I used to get.
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Whether you will find yourself fitter when cruising is directly related to how fit you were before you left. If you were sedentary, you will be more fit cruising. If you were very active on land, you will lose fitness - no two ways about it.

This is true for me and my spouse as well. She is the very fit one. Me? I'm the slug. When on board I lose weight and am much fitter and stronger than being on land. For her, it's the opposite.
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Re: Cruisers: How do you stay fit?

TBH, I'm not nearly as fit as I should be, but I'm in decent shape because it's my job to teach martial arts and self defense. Teaching gets in the way of training, but just being active 6 days a week in classes keeps me relatively fit. I also try to walk 3 miles a day (of course, I'm frozen in right now in Texas - haven't left the house for a week).

Once we head out cruising, the plan is to volunteer and teach seminars in the places we go. Local dojos, youth programs, etc. And a large part of what I do involves students with disabilities and special needs, so I hope to work with government agencies and organizations in that realm to create adapted and inclusive sports programs...I think I'll stay active enough outside of general cruising requirements to be OK...
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As has been said before.. just sailing and the activities that involves keeps me fit.
On my own boats (all but the 39ft steel boat) I would opt to raise the hook by hand despite having an electric windlass on 3 of them.
Winch work, using the tiller, wandering up and down the deck, standing in the cockpit without holding on is great for the legs and sharpening balance and reaction to your boats movements and rhythm, rowing sometimes instead of always using the o/B and when on the hook diving over the side for a quick swim before the first coffee of the day.
My fitness has gone downhill since these Lockdownss and lack of sailing for near 18mths.
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