One of the best parts of cruising is all that delicious food, which usually comes all-inclusive with your cruising deal. The only potential downside? It’s often available around-the-clock, meaning 24-hour temptation. If you indulge in those poolside snacks and cocktails day in and day out, you might leave your cruise feeling a bit more sluggish than you’d like. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can savour some tasty delights but keep yourself feeling great throughout your cruise, whether you’re cruising Australia, Europe or the South Pacific.

Get moving onboard

While cruises are great for lounging poolside, don’t forget there are plenty of other activities you can crack into to keep your body moving.

Most cruise ships have recreation centres and gyms where you can sweat it out on your favourite machines and keep up your fitness regimen. Many also offer popular classes including yoga, pilates, boxing or boot camp – who knows, you might discover a new favourite form of exercise.

Some ships boast even more creative ways to keep fit. Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas has a rock climbing wall, mini-golf course, a sports court where you can shoot hoops and of course, plenty of pools. Some ships even have ice skating rinks. These activities are fun for the whole family, but will also help keep you in tip-top shape.

You can also get your heart pumping by briskly walking around your ship – be sure to take the stairs – or jogging on your ship’s designated track.

Healthy dining tips

It’s a common myth that you have to put on weight while you cruise. While your ship will have an array of tempting dining options, you can enjoy them guilt-free by keeping just a few tricks in mind. Set some guidelines for yourself at the beginning of your cruise so you have some boundaries from day one. It’s all about balance – if you love to indulge in a big breakfast, even things out with a lighter lunch. Hydration is also essential to feeling your best – sip on water throughout the day and make sure you alternate any alcoholic or sugary beverages with some glasses of H2O. This way, you can still have treats without going ‘overboard’!

You will also have plenty of nutritious options to choose from for all your meals, so it’s easy to opt for something leaner and energy and nutrient-rich when you need to balance out a heavier meal. Think fresh fruit and vegetables, salads, wraps, soups, lean proteins and omelettes to give you that healthy glow.  

What’s more, many ships, including P&O’s Pacific Dawn, host health and nutrition seminars, which will give you more tips on how to make healthy choices as well as general wellbeing guidance.

Head ashore

Make the most of the amazing port destinations you’re visiting by disembarking and choosing active shore excursions. Some great options are:

  • City walking or cycling tours, which help get your daily step count up.
  • Underwater adventures. Heading to beachy destinations? Slip into your snorkel and flippers whenever possible and swim with the fish, or go on a diving tour.
  • Active adventures. Love to really get your heart pumping? You could go on a local kayaking or surfing excursion, hike the local bushland or forest, or do a high-ropes and ziplining course.

These activities won’t always feel like traditional exercise, but they’ll keep you fit and healthy and feeling good.

Your cruise is your well-earned holiday, so you don’t need to count every calorie or exercise like you’re training for a marathon. However, keeping your health and fitness in mind will help you feel amazing so you can really make the most of the experience. What is your favourite way to stay healthy onboard? Let us know in the comments.