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Yachtie Glow: by Stew Angela Orecchio

If you’re going into a shipyard period, you’re likely to experience another side of yachting. Your schedule will change, the boat won’t be traveling and you might be working with only a skeleton crew. While this might be a welcome change from many months of being on the boat with guests, it also can be challenging for some crew. The trick is to go with the flow and expect changes.

Follow these tips to stay healthy and happy during your shipyard period.

Cook healthy meals. If you’re cooking for yourself, now is a chance to dig deeper into healthy meals. Find a few new recipes each week to try. Even if you’re not cooking for yourself, now is a great time to pick healthier meals and plan your health goals.

Fitness. Step up your fitness game with more consistency and better quality workouts. Make a plan and stick to it even when it’s difficult. Find classes at the gym or yoga studios that you normally can’t commit to. Not only will you look better, you’ll feel better overall with mood-boosting chemicals running throughout your body all day.

Stay busy. Avoid the temptation to sit around watching TV or surfing the internet all day. Start a project or new hobby, or study something you enjoy.

Socialize. Plan crew events and get-togethers regularly. This could include weekly dinners together and fun events, such as bowling, go-karting and crew challenges.

Travel. This may be the best opportunity of the year to travel and tick some favorite places off your bucket list.

Angela Orecchio is a chief stew, certified fitness instructor and 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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