I’m a runner. I love a good running trail, an urban jungle to explore, or even a simple running. However, when I’m traveling, which is a good chunk of my time, I can easily fall out of my running routine.
In many cases, I simply don’t have the right place to run or I’ve left my running gear at home due to lack of space in my bag, and I can say with some certainty that I won’t be running in khakis and t shirt. But most of the time, it’s a caving to the “vacation” mentality that overtakes me when on a cruise – thinking “oh, I’m not home, I’ll run later and enjoy this now”. I think back to my Viking River sailing aboard Viking Lif. As far as I know, there isn’t a river ship with a proper gym, so if I wanted to run, it was gonna be ashore. Docked in Krems, Austria, I spotted a nice trail snaking along the shore and our ship. I geared up to go out, but mistakenly passed the Viking Lounge, where a local chef was demonstrating the art of strudel making. One slice of strudel and four finger sandwiches later, I was wondering if I’d ever go out to run. I eventually did, but was forced to slow my pace due to a full stomach and an unusually scorching Austrian sun. The point I’m trying to make is that the temptations of abandoning our rigorous (or not so) workout routines is strong on the sea. I mean, why should we have to worry about that when we’re on vacation? But, as many of us know, we feel that strudel shame later. So, I’ve found a few easy tips to keep yourself on course while sailing at sea.
#1 Stay on schedule.
The quicker you abandon your routine, the harder it’s going to be to get back in. Keep on schedule and you’ll find it easy to keep pushing on. I jumped ship from my running routine on day 1 in Amsterdam and I didn’t work up the motivation to go again until a week later. The strudel shame was strong.
#2 Find the gym.
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