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You’ve finally gotten into your workout routine, you’re eating healthier and even feeling slimmer. Then you receive the boat’s charter dates. Suddenly, bam! You’re smack in the middle of 12-hour days getting ready for the trip. Your fitness schedule gets a little messed up, and you’re indulging a bit more in foods and drinks that give you comfort and quick energy.
Then the really long days start. The guests are on. You’re tired, your feet and legs hurt and you’re seeking emotional comfort anywhere you can find it. The last thing you want to do is work out and have a salad.
I know this feeling all too well. I can manage a small workout schedule and continue eating healthy on short guest trips. Come the longer guests trips in summer, however, and I find myself falling off my healthy schedule all together sometimes.
On this last guest trip, I didn’t exercise once, and my eating program was less than stellar. It’s not a big deal, as I know it’s short term, but it did take a noticeable toll on my health.
So here’s how to recover from a charter:
Acknowledge that you have just put your body and mind through something quite intense and that you might need a period of recovery. Visualize yourself back into your fitness and healthy eating routine, and focus on it daily. This includes:
Angela Orecchio is a chief stew and certified health coach. This column was edited from her blog, Savvy Stewardess, The Smart Girl’s Guide to Yachting (www.savvystewardess.com). Comments are welcome below.