This topic is of particular importance to us. As we all know, every life choice comes with its pluses and minuses. Whilst we want to maximise the advantages, we also want to minimise the drawbacks. We will need to find ways to stay holistically healthy in a confined space. We won’t have access to doctors or medication beyond the pre-prepared stock; as a little complication, the day before setting off from Limehouse I was found to be vitamin B12 deficient again; intramuscular injections every 3 months are now a must!
I have no doubt that our emotional wellbeing will improve by leaving the 9 to 5 (9 to 6 in my case!) rat race behind to realise our dream. Yet, I always worried about the limitations of physical activity in a confined space; but with the right routine we hope to remain physically fit.
Swimming will be the obvious choice. Sorin particularly enjoys snorkelling and free diving. This comes handy, since his ambition is to become a spear fishing expert. We also bought some basic and light fitness equipment. Regular yoga not only will challenge us physically but will also contribute to our overall wellbeing. Last Christmas, Secret Santa brought me a yoga book. This, along with a DVD that I purchased recently, will help with putting together a 30 min yoga session which we will practice regularly.
Food is another concern, as fruit, veggies and meat whilst at sea cannot be stored for too long. We will be taking advantage when we are near the shore; and, we will have enough stocks of canned fruit, veggies and meat whitest at sea.
Music maintains the spirit. You tube, and our favourite radio will no longer be an option! So, in recent months I was on a mission to download our favourite tunes.
Sharing our story, and learning languages (Spanish is no 1 in our priority list!), the planning of passages (and overcoming inherent challenges along the way) will definitely keep us mentally engaged. Once our stock of movies has run out, we will be focusing more on reading iBooks, and we will be playing all sorts of fun and interesting games.
We are both sun lovers, but since we will be in the tropics, we will have to temper our thirst for sun. UV protective tops were on our shopping list, as well as high factor sun creams. We have a new spray hood and a new coat hanging type bimini to protect us from the sun whilst sailing and whilst at anchor.
Whenever we will be around land we will take the opportunity to jog and go for long walks/hikes, meet interesting people and see interesting places. We hope to have the opportunity to share some of these experiences with you!
If you have other good ideas for staying healthy onboard (beyond the obvious!) please share these with us.