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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:

  1. Starting slowly with your workout routine. This could mean spending a period just walking and doing some light yoga and body weight exercises. I like squats and pushups in between my yoga sessions.
  2. Giving your body time to rest . Go to bed earlier and sleep in longer on days off.
  3. Filling your body with mostly, if not all, whole plant-based foods and omit junk food and caffeine.
  4. Drinking more water than you’re used to. At least 2-3 liters is a good starting point.

    Drink more water. PHOTO BY DORIE COX

    Drink more water. PHOTO BY DORIE COX

  5. Having some alone time off the boat, if possible. Take walks and get out in nature.
  6. Getting out of the city, if possible. Taking walks in nature, and taking your shoes off out there.
  7. Getting a good amount of Vitamin D by spending 15-20 minutes in the sun before 10 a.m. with as few clothes on as possible and without sunscreen but with sunglasses.
  8. Making a gratitude list. Remember why you’re working on yachts and what your goals are.
  9. BONUS: If you want to recover quicker, start today. Don’t indulge in the standard post-charter late-night drinking. Everyone is in a great mood once the guests leave, so it’s great to take part but keep your healthy goal in mind and limit your alcohol intake.

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.

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Angela Orecchio is a chief stew and certified health coach. This column was edited from blog, Savvy Stewardess, The Smart Girl’s Guide to Yachting. Contact her through www.savvystewardess.com.

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