Healthy vacations: How to keep up fitness and nutrition on a cruise


You've been working hard in preparation for your cruise vacation, going to the gym on the reg, maintaining a healthy diet and even squeezing in some well-deserved me time. While a cruise can be the ultimate form of luxurious relaxation, going overboard on the indulgences can make it harder to fall back into your healthy routine when you get home.

The trick is to maintain a few healthy habits onboard to balance out the decadent treats. Here's how to sail the high seas without sacrificing your healthy routine:

Make fitness part of the fun

You can stay active on cruises without heading to the ship's gym facilities every day. Most cruise lines have onboard activities that get your heart pumping while doubling as one-of-a-kind entertainment. Think rock-climbing walls, surf simulators, lap pools, workout groups and underwater spin classes. You can also get active when exploring ports, with activities like scenic runs, cycling tours and yoga on the beach.

Take the stairs

Skip the elevator and climb the stairs to your cabin instead. The little surge in heart rate is far better than a sedentary elevator ride, especially when you do it multiple times a day.

Avoid the late-night buffet

The unlimited food options at nearly every hour of the day is a definite perk of cruising. Feel free to indulge, but Bon Appetit's Healthyish advised avoiding the midnight dessert bars at all costs. That way, you won't go to bed stuffed with sugar or wake up feeling groggy.

Stay hydrated

The adult beverages are aplenty onboard but don't forget about the most important drink of the day: water. The Kitchn suggested loading up on water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables for an extra boost in hydration.

Don't forget the post-cruise cleanse

While you may not want to let it all go, don't resist treating yourself on board. It is your vacation after all! Skipping a workout or indulging in a dessert or two is all part of the fun. When you get home, you can use the ELEMIS Enhancement Program 3 months detoxification plan to cleanse your body of toxins while promoting weight loss and increased energy.