Gone Sailing, Swimming, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Walking, Running, Dancing + Body-Weight Training

OfftheGrid A sailing trip has its fitness challenges. While it might sound like an active vacation, you can end up doing a lot of sitting and not so much moving if you don’t plan to move.  This is a good week to incorporate some of the ideas Samantha blogged about when she cited the thousand cuts fitness program from Zen Habits.

I’m with 9 other people on a sixty foot catamaran (that’s her — Off the Grid — in the picture) in the British Virgin Islands.  A catamaran this size is pretty roomy, so I can’t claim not to have any space.  Since I do a lot of body weight stuff at home, I made a commitment to continue doing that on the boat.  Push-ups, jump squats, burpees, squat kicks, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, core work like jack knives and crunches.

The BVI are a beautiful, protected group of islands with lots of different places to go. In addition to the body weight stuff, our itinerary includes snorkeling most days.  Since that usually means a good 30-60 minutes in the water, it’s a daily opportunity for light cardio.

I am also ramping up the swimming with some freestyle. Samantha and I are doing the Kincardine Women’s triathlon in July with her daughter Mallory and my friend Tara. I have between now and then to work on my stamina in the water.  I’m a strong swimmer but I haven’t kept up my training at all. When I get home, I’m going to start going to the pool again.  This week, I will enjoy the buoyancy and ease of swimming in sea water.

The group of people we’re with are all active and energetic, so we rented some water toys and a couple of tandem kayaks.  I’ve also packed my running shoes since at a minimum there is good hiking on shore, and if I feel ambitious, I might even go for a run.

We’ve got a few good playlists for dancing.  The crew doesn’t limit dancing to the evenings, so that’s another way to keep moving throughout the day and into the evening.

I used to have such an oppressive workout routine that I thought of vacations as a good break, a chance to do nothing. Now, I approach vacations with a more integrationist attitude.

Anyone feel like diving overboard and racing me to the beach?  Last one to shore buys the drinks.

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