After two years of cruising, I can tell you, with confidence, that there are some common myths that need busting:
Myth #1: it’s easy to stay in shape when you live on a sailboat.
Myth #2: a life at sea is problem free!
When asking fellow boat life ladies how they stayed in shape while traveling, this is what I got: Sheeting in lines, cranking winches, walking up and down the companion way. Staying in shape is built-in to your daily cruising life! Lies. All lies.
Fact #1: You spend more time in a stationary position than you do hustling around the boat. Sure, you’re physically drained from balancing as the boat is shifting side to side or propping yourself up as you read a book in the cockpit in high seas, but that’s hardly a workout. A six pack is not a guaranteed side effect of living the boat life, but it’s not as hard as it seems either…
Preparing for our trip, I spoke with many couples who romanticized a life at sea. Don’t get me wrong, it is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, but it is hard. You’ve seen our videos. You know what I’m talking about! Yet, without a few cocktails in hand, it’s surprisingly hard to get other cruisers to fess up about how shitty some days can be. No one wants to spoil the fun.
Fact #2: Sailing is tough. Mentally, physically and emotionally tough. You’re far from home and don’t necessarily have access to the same creature comforts you’re used to when trying to calm down from a stressful day. (Unless you also frequented BevMo three times before leaving California…)
The most effective way I combat the stress of a faulty auto-pilot, another shredded impeller, or a grumpy captain is to sweat it out. We all know the physical benefits of exercise, but did you know you’ll actually be happier after a workout, too?
Working out on a boat, even for us monohulls, isn’t as hard as it seems. So grab a pair of resistance bands and get out on the bow for a Lower Body Boat Workout.
The workout is tough, but so are you, you salty thang.
To download a copy of the boat workout for later click here.