Gym Rats, how do you behave on vacation?

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#21
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Originally posted by Steven_&_Daniel
I was just curious as to how other gym rats handle being on vacation.

Do you skip the workouts/exercise?

Do you continue to eat healthy?

How do you handle all those tempting desserts?
My goal is to leave the ship at the same weight I began.

So if I eat more (I eat healthy) then I exercise more.

I look at the food on the ship as going to a health spa so I eat a lot of fish, salads and fruit which I enjoy anyway.

Not many desserts but it is nice to indulge a little.

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#22
Massachusetts
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I eat egg white omelets/fruit for breakfast and salad for lunch with some protein, skip the lunch buffet. Then I let myself eat what I want for dinner, including dessert (oh and sushi!)

In terms of the gym, normally I am a 6 time per week girl-3-4 times circuit/crossfit type classes and 2-3 times cardio, mainly running. On a 4 day cruise I will do probably 1 or 2 days of cardio depending on weather and treadmill availability and one or two days of circuit training. (three days total) I will use free weights if they have them, and if they have a step or stability ball and a bench I am all set to set up a cardio/strength/core workout-burpees, anyone?
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As a non competitive bodybuilder, I maintain my workout on the ship, however, I'm on vacation and the diet goes by the wayside. I eat what I want, as I said I'm on vacation, I'm gonna enjoy it. I exercise an diet the rest of the year so I can fully enjoy my cruise.
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#25
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...is daily for me when on a cruise. I used to go early but decided afternoons are better because everyone's napping. I eat 5 times a day but wisely...small portions and extremely choosy.

I could never get my wife to join me to exercise...whether at home or on a cruise. So it was to my disbelief that she started attending Zumba classes on our recent trans-pacific cruise...first it was once in the morning...I was really impressed.

Halfway into the cruise, she started going to Zumba twice a day! once in the morning, then once in the afternoon.............I got suspicious when she took her camera to Zumba classes.....wait a minute?!.....she had her picture taken with the Zumba instructor, then videotaped him conducting the classes.....then at the end of the cruise she tell me: "Oh his name is Walter".

No, there wasn't any hanky panky going on...I just told my wife not to expect for me to do Zumba when we get home. Oh, she lost 3 pounds and even more beautiful.
#27
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Just wondering how many sets of gym clothes you bring? We will be on a 7 day cruise and will probably work out/run 5 times. The last time we were at a hotel, I tried washing my gym clothes in the sink and hanging them up, but it seemed like it took a LONG time for them to dry.
Any tips on which tops and sports bras dry out the quickest?
Thank you.
#28
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Originally posted by SunshineCruise
Just wondering how many sets of gym clothes you bring? We will be on a 7 day cruise and will probably work out/run 5 times. The last time we were at a hotel, I tried washing my gym clothes in the sink and hanging them up, but it seemed like it took a LONG time for them to dry.
Any tips on which tops and sports bras dry out the quickest?
Thank you.
My gym outfits don't take that much space so I bring a set of 5 for a 7 day cruise. I pack shorts/skorts which are very light, I have some VS sports bras that are just wonderful! Dry really fast if you decide to wash them and just regular tank tops that again don't take much space. I even bring my Heart Rate Monitor to make sure I am where I am supposed to be at.
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#29
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at home i go to the gym for 3 hours a day, 6 days a week. on a cruise i still try to get to the gym daily but i don't do 3 hours ..usually 2. but i walk up the stairs and i could happily walk around the promenade decks for hours on sea days. i swim more too.

as for food i let myself eat and drink what i want on the first day, the middle day and the last day and then i'm a little more careful and make better choices on the other days. i've been known to come home a few pounds lighter than when i left so it's seems to be working for me
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#30
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Originally posted by DShock
sorry...1,000 miles a year. I log mine so that I always know where I'm at and its motivation as well.

As far as treadmills I go at noon when most are eating and have never had to wait...not once.

I also enjoy running ashore.
LOL--You really had me wondering there. I typically put on about 30-35 a week and couldn't figure out for the life of me how you were running more than a marathon a day!
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#31
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Originally posted by SunshineCruise
Just wondering how many sets of gym clothes you bring? We will be on a 7 day cruise and will probably work out/run 5 times. The last time we were at a hotel, I tried washing my gym clothes in the sink and hanging them up, but it seemed like it took a LONG time for them to dry.
Any tips on which tops and sports bras dry out the quickest?
Thank you.
Anything made of a tech fabrics should dry within 12 hours, tops. My Under Armor running shorts and tanks, Moving Comfort sports bras, and Wright Socks all take maybe six hours to hang dry completely.
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Three weeks in Europe (two on a ship) with a 20" roll aboard and a tote bag--packing list here.
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#32
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Joined Jun 2013
Originally posted by SunshineCruise
Just wondering how many sets of gym clothes you bring? We will be on a 7 day cruise and will probably work out/run 5 times. The last time we were at a hotel, I tried washing my gym clothes in the sink and hanging them up, but it seemed like it took a LONG time for them to dry.
Any tips on which tops and sports bras dry out the quickest?
Thank you.
I got this tip on Cruise Critic and put it to use last week on my cruise. I rinse/wash my workout clothes, after I have wrung out as much water as I can, I roll the piece of clothing up using a dry towel. I do the rolling a few times and then hang up the clothes in the closet and they are dry within a few hours, and definitely by the next day that I need to work out. I could have gotten away with one set of workout clothes!
#33
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Originally posted by BabyBokChoy
I got this tip on Cruise Critic and put it to use last week on my cruise. I rinse/wash my workout clothes, after I have wrung out as much water as I can, I roll the piece of clothing up using a dry towel. I do the rolling a few times and then hang up the clothes in the closet and they are dry within a few hours, and definitely by the next day that I need to work out. I could have gotten away with one set of workout clothes!
But seriously, almost all workout clothes are light weight and take up hardly any space. I drive to the port so weight is not an issue, but it just seems so much easier to bring clean clothes. I have no desire to hand wash anything, and hanging up stuff that is damp? I already have bathing suits hanging. To each their own.
#34
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Originally posted by snorkelman
But seriously, almost all workout clothes are light weight and take up hardly any space. I drive to the port so weight is not an issue, but it just seems so much easier to bring clean clothes. I have no desire to hand wash anything, and hanging up stuff that is damp? I already have bathing suits hanging. To each their own.
Seriously indeed, this would have meant for me to bring five tops, five pairs of shorts/skorts for my seven day cruise last week. It is not just about the weight or the space it takes to bring additional stuff. My workout clothes are completely drenched, the idea of having damp/wet soaked in sweat clothes sitting there is less appealing than quickly rinsing/washing them. At home, I can tolerate this for a day or two then it is laundry time, but seven days is too long for me. If only RCI has onboard self service laundry... But you would probably say that is wasting vacation time to do laundry, lol.
#35
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Originally posted by BabyBokChoy
If only RCI has onboard self service laundry... But you would probably say that is wasting vacation time to do laundry, lol.
yes.

If I was a sweaty mess after the gym, I might rinse something out and air dry, but probably not, because I take at least 2 cruises a year, one of which is always 7 days, and I am very athletic, sweat, and have never had any type of mold problem. Air out a bit and toss in a bag and you don't even smell it. Upon arrival at home, dump all sweaty clothes in a wash, and is is pretty simple.

Please don't take my comments too harshly, as I think it is good to see how others think. I am about to go on the Allure in 2 weeks and I am actually considering bringing some compression shorts for under neath normal shorts and rinsing the compression shorts out, as they will certainly dry within a day. Then again, I own 5 pair of compression shorts, and they don't take up hardly any space or weight...
#37
Columbus, Ohio
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My trick is to work out first thing in the morning. That way, I get it out of the way and don't have to worry about it. And for me, vacation is all about not worrying. I switch off between aerobic in the gym and body weight exercises I can do in my room if necessary (crossfit junkie … I know, I know).

As far as the food, I can't say I've figured out a secret to not eating so poorly that is as successful as the morning workout …


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#38
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Joined Jun 2008
I continue to exercise at the gym and eat healthy. I always take the stairs. I drink lots of water, don't drink alcohol, or eat any fried foods. However, on a cruise I eat desserts. I eat chocolate covered strawberries, the chocolate melting cake at dinner, vanilla frozen yogurt and the chocolate chip cookies at the specialty coffee shop at lunch time.
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#39
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I'm a runner so I always fit my run in somewhere during the day. On sea days, it's easy to go to the gym or run on the track. If we finish up early in port and there is time I'll go out for a run in the port (as long as it's not industrial)

I try not to go overboard with food. I scope everything out and choose which items are worth splurging on. If my cruise is in Europe, its the patisseries that wrangle me in. I very much look forward to the food experience in port.
#40
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At home I am in the gym 7 days a week.

On cruises i am at the gym at 7AM and will be there 45 to 60 minutes.I walk on the ship indoors as well as outdoors.
In ports I walk as much as possible .
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