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Walking on Water — Fitness at Sea

My husband has been telling me for years that I can “walk on water.” Not sure what he means by that. Maybe just that I can walk a cruise ship’s promenade deck, or spend 30 minutes on its treadmill. That I have done.

A couple of cruises ago, I decided it was time to get fit…you know, better late than never! Long a walker and treadmill-er, I’d never had any advice from anyone for a “personalized” fitness routine.

After visiting the Norwegian Spirit’s fitness center a few times, I made an appointment with Rodleigh, the fitness director.  After a couple of (paid) consultations, my new-found fitness guru prepared that personalized plan, dependent on my personal goals. It was a plan I was supposed to follow forever. I’m still working on the forever part!

Cruise ship fitness centers are usually set up with floor-to-ceiling windows, making workout time more enjoyable than looking at four walls or, worse yet, four mirrors. It’s also possible to walk or run on an outdoor promenade deck, and there’s usually a sign somewhere to let you know how many laps make a mile.

On Norwegian and Princess ships, fitness centers are open 24 hours a day. Most lines have set hours, and a state-of-the-art selection of workout machines on virtually all ships — some may be only for state-of-the-art bodies. There’s often the option to attend fitness, pilates, yoga, aerobics and body conditioning classes. Sometimes with a fee, but it’s usually nominal. If you’ve started a fitness routine at home, there’s no need to give it up when cruising. No built-in excuses for beefing up at the buffet!

This week, NCL announced that it was teaming up with wellness expert Jillian Michaels (she of the state-of-the-art body). The female tiger on NBC’s The Biggest Loser show will run a four-day Wellness Cruise, leaving Miami on October 21st.

Hmm, I didn’t think about making wellness expert one of my goals!

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