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Sailing can be physically demanding or you can spend most of the time in a bunk.
How hard do you work to maintain your fitness.
For example could you pass the physical fitness test for the Marines.
Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test Chart - Males
Hell yea for my age group I can't believe its that easy. I retired in 1989 and it was much harder than this. My have the standards been lowered.
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Started working out at 13 when I bought a starter set of weights from Sears. Played football and lifted from teens to high school to college then 5 years of semi-pro. Got into power lifting after football then kick boxing and Tae Kwon Do after that. A hip replacement put an end to the Tae Kwon Do but still lifting although the heavy stuff is over. Usually 4-5 days a week. Never got in to long running more than 4-5 miles. I think longer than that tends to break muscle down at least for me. Compare a sprinter vs a marathoner and their body types. My cardio tends to be shorter duration but higher intensity like running hills or stadium steps. It's harder but with less impact. Lunges especially good with weight in each hand. It is low impact and works more leg muscles than just about any signal leg exercise while providing cardio benefit. Variety is what it keeps it from being boring.

If I had to chose between one or the other resistance/weight traing vs cardio/areobic I'd go with the weight/resistance. You can do the weight resistance with out rest between sets to get a pretty good cardio benefit.
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Re: Physical Fitness

OK, here is by tidbit. We're not into long-distance cruising, which is an entirely different kettle of fish. We anchor every day and I have a rowing/sailing dinghy (yes, even with a little engine it does not compete with an inflatable speed demon...) I go rowing shortly after we've anchored (fairly vigorously) and a couple of times a day if we stay in an anchorage. However, my mate/admiral/spouse basically sits on the boat. Funny thing, though... I need Lipitor, she doesn't... Go figure...
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Sailing can be physically demanding or you can spend most of the time in a bunk.
How hard do you work to maintain your fitness.
For example could you pass the physical fitness test for the Marines.
Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test Chart - Males
I did when I was 17.
At 52, I'm not even trying.

Edit - I just saw the chart, for my age, no problem except the run (7 stents in heart and legs).
Given that I only need 100 points for first class - I can do that on pull ups and sit ups alone.

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Re: Physical Fitness

I'm not too far off. For my age range, I'm only about 30 seconds off on the 3 mile run. I can hit that number. I can do 2-3 pull ups. I need to get to 4.

I like this, as a general guide for myself. I've been exercising quite a lot and haven't really known whether I was doing well vs. other people in my age group.
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Running is bad for you. Wears out your knees and hips.

Swimming is better being non weight bearing exercise.

At least that is how it seems to me at 65. Just back from 3 weeks skiing in Utah so must be doing something right as while I no longer can ski hard all day I was able to enjoy my time in the mountains.
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Yeah...I gotta weigh in on this discussion. I hate to say it but when we go cruising (chartering - throughout the Carribean and Med.) most sailors (with a few exceptions, seem to me, to be quite obese.

So what exercise regime do the few are in shape follow. I like the idea of extensive rowing of the dink, do others swim or bring weights or exercise bands on board or ealy AM runs on shore?

I'm 59, 155#, resting heart rate of 56 bpm and blood pressure of 86/64.

This weekend its a 16 mile 3 day backcountry ski trip in the Colorado Rockies.

We are 2 years from crusing 6 months a year....I can' totally give up the Colorado lifestyle!
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folks as into fitness as to be addicted to the exercise need the program with all the exercise bells and whistles.
normal folks do not.
lazy souls even less..lol...i cruise full time. i live on my boat. the work/energy i use and spend just in getting to shore is enough to keep me as fit as i wish to be. i also walk around town a lot...so is a triathlon for cruisers--row to beach, land dink without it becoming a hat on ye, and walk forever and carry heavy items home from store. quadrathlon...lol
that is plenty of exercise for anyone who cruises.
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oh,yes, and as surf in this 'hood is up, is work just maintaining an upright poisition for cleaning house..we have 3-8 ft seas from south in this south facing bay today, yesterday and many other days.....excellent use of muscles.

heart rate rises to over 200 when ye think you will be or are dragging anchor in a heavy wind--btw, heavy wind is over 30 kts. rocks are very close....

btw--i have underlying collagen disease, am old , and i dont give a ****, except about enjoying life sans pain.....


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Drag a 2,000 sf chute up a 53+' mast by hand when everyone else in your class are using gorillas on pedistals. You'll need to be able to do more than 3 pull ups. Even after 4+ days of racing. Note the takedown line, chute gets dragged into a tube bag below deck all the way to the back of the bus. Lots o' friction.

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