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Keeping fit while on a ship

Health and Fitness 1st February 2018

Keeping fit while on a ship

Staying fit or maintaining fitness on a boat can be difficult but it’s not impossible. There is a lack of space unless you are on a large ship that has a weights room onboard.

Even on a small boat, it is possible to get an effective workout done. Many people do
boxercise, callisthenics Pilates or yoga onboard.

This can be done with minimal equipment.

Recommended equipment for keeping fit on a boat

  • TRX
  • Resistance bands
  • Yoga Mat
  • Boxing gloves
  • Focus mitts
  • Hand weights
  • A skipping rope

With these pieces of equipment, you will able to make a variety of total body workouts. They
offer diversity to keep workouts fun and are small, lightweight and portable. Another benefit is that they are also affordable as they are not expensive to buy.


With some focus pads and boxing gloves, you and a partner can have a great cardiovascular and muscular endurance total body workout. It is a great way to burn calories and stay in shape. If you are alone you could hand a small bag up and do a bag routine.

If space is limited why not shadow box. This can be made harder by having some weights in your hands. A skipping rope is a fantastic piece of equipment that can be used for cardio and coordination. Research has shown that skipping is a more effective form of cardio than running.

The ship is your gym

For an even more minimal workout, you can use the boat as your gym. Doing some cardio by walking around the ship or jumping outside of the ship into the ocean and doing a water aerobics workout. Although this could depend on the water quality and boat

Climbing up a few ladders or pull-ups to work the back muscles and the arms and some triceps dips on some bars or side benches, of course, it depends on the space available.

Bodyweight training benefits

Bodyweight training can be more effective training method than using machines. Another benefit is that this training is accessible no matter where you are at any time as it requires no gym membership or equipment.

Bodyweight training can be done in a circuit training format for optimal results. The intensity of
the workout can be adjusted to your fitness levels and goals.

Some tips

Try to stretch as much as possible while on board to keep your joints and muscles supple this
can help you to avoid any strain or injury.

Staying hydrated is very important for your body. Try not to become dependent on caffeine to
stay awake as this diuretic it will actually dehydrate you.

It is hard to get started and stay motivated. Therefore it is recommended to have a routine that is easy to stick to and not very time-consuming. Read yoga and fitness magazines, YouTube videos and utilize smartphone application for ideas and motivation. It will require some creative innovation to keep fit while on a boat.

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