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Make Your Family Cruise a Healthy Trip

Cruises offer so many opportunities for family fun and exploring. But they are also known for their rich, gourmet food that is available 'round the clock. You don't have to totally deprive yourself to stay in shape on vacation. Moderation, along with participation in the many opportunities that cruises offer for fitness, will keep your whole family sailing smoothly. Follow these tips:

At buffets, fill your plates only once. Load 50% of your plate with vegetables and choose small portions of other foods you want to try.
If you splurge and eat a rich meal, try to balance it out with a healthy, vegetable-based meal. Eat lighter the rest of the day.
If ordering dessert, don't make it a daily habit. And when you do, split it between your family members.
Most cruises offer a healthier "spa menu." Order from this when you can. And, when ordering at any meal, be very specific about what you do and do not want. You can omit ingredients and specify how you want something to be cooked (steamed instead of fried).
Plan for family fitness every day. Cruises usually offer complete gyms, aerobics classes, trainers, running tracks and pools. Go dancing in the disco in the evening and play plenty of beach games when docked. Take a morning walk around the track while enjoying the sights and fresh air.


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