Listening to the sound of gentle waves and the quiet hum of passengers chatting casually as you sip a fresh cocktail observing the wide open ocean before you: this is the epitome of a life on a cruise ship. Over 20 million people enjoy taking a cruise each year, as reported by Statistic Brain. It’s a popular way to vacation, allowing equal parts leisure and activity for all types of travelers. Sailing the smooth sapphire seas to an endless list of destinations has become wildly enticing for vacationers. In fact, the number of passengers on cruises shot up 4.4% in the last 2 years, indicating a clear upward trend in vacationing by boat.
A Chance to Introduce Healthy Habits
Cruises are notorious for causing weight gain or unhealthy eating habits in passengers who indulge excessively on board. While cruise ships often have the richest, most flavorful and calorie dense dishes to select from (not to mention the buffet style serving), there are nutritious choices that nourish and fuel your body wisely. Steamed vegetables, whole grain sides and juicy fruits are excellent choices to color your plate and entice your palate. Avoid fried foods, overly saucy entrees and enjoy walks often to avoid bloating. Take advantage of our South America cruise tours that feature land time at beautiful stops, like the Amazon Delfin III, to keep your heart pumping.
If you’re looking for a chance to test a lifestyle change, take advantage of the facilities on a cruise. Utilize the on-site gym or nightly dance sessions to break a sweat and elevate your heart rate. It’s been proven that trying new experiences is good for your health; your confidence and self-esteem gets a well deserved boost as well, reducing boredom and providing personal growth. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so use the extended time on a cruise to kick-start your way to a healthier life!
Exposure to New Experiences
Every vacation introduces a chance to be courageous, try new foods or activities, and gain insight into yourself and others around you. Traveling abroad on a cruise typically allows for some time on land to shop and sightsee, which is an excellent opportunity to people watch and listen to the local languages of people chatting inside a neighborhood cafe or along the beach. The simple act of embracing a new culture and way of living can feel quite normal, but it indirectly benefits your mind and body even after you arrive back home!
Depending on where you choose to cruise, the culture is sure to inspire and rejuvenate you. South American cruises are gaining traction as the most popular option for those planning their next getaway. With the variety in sightseeing, hiking, cycling and world class dining, floating along the sea to a brand new place is an unforgettable vacation for any voyager filled with wanderlust. Looking to explore the Arctic? An Antarctica cruise makes for a beautiful journey, with adventurous land excursions and breathtaking glacier views. For a tropical experience, opt for an Amazon Cruise, or stick to an icy landscape and cruise through Patagonia.
Sunshine is Divine
Getting outdoor light is crucial for overall health and well-being. As the modern lifestyle continues to take over our schedules, time spent outdoors is a tiny fraction compared to what it used to be. Sadly, the statistics for vitamin D deficiency levels in Americans has consistently risen in the last decade. Over 75% of people are deficient, falling to an unprecedented level. A weakened immune system, fatigue, bones prone to fracture, depression, and hair loss are only a few of the intrusive symptoms that come with low vitamin D levels. By taking the time to practice safe sunning techniques, using sun protection and avoiding overheating, you can dramatically improve your overall health.
While the Northern Hemisphere is gearing up for winter, the Southern Hemisphere’s temperatures are beginning to remind us of summer, laying the backdrop for a bright and sunny excursion. A cruise offers the perfect amount of open-air exposure, allowing your body to convert the sun’s rays into valuable vitamin D that will nourish your cells. For ultimate relaxation, sink deep inside a jacuzzi featured on the sun decks of the MS Midnatsol Hurtigruten Ship, on the Green Coast of Brazil Cruise. Prefer a more active option? Head to the basketball court, outdoor aerobics class or tennis areas to have a good time while you’re dosing up on vitamin D.
Your health is one of the most important assets you have. By taking the time to do what is necessary for your well being, including incorporating healthy eating habits and stress reducing activities like going for a cruise, you will notice a rise in all aspects of your life. Take advantage of the opportunities for wellness on a cruise, rather than the ones for indulging, and by the time you arrive back home it’ll feel as magical as it did when you hopped onboard your ship the first day.