// The Seafarers' Health Information Programme

Fit on board - a guide for seafarers

Staying fit has numerous health benefits - read our guide for examples of onboard exercises.

Fitness training is the physical activity people use to improve or maintain their physical condition. Examples include power training, aerobics and spinning. Through fitness exercises, we can improve our stamina, suppleness and strength.

Keeping fit can help you in many ways. It makes you physically and mentally stronger, improves your sleep and digestion, stabilises your blood pressure and sugar, and improves your concentration and self-confidence. The possibility of doing any fitness exercise is limited on a ship, but there are exercises you can do which don't require much space or equipment.

This guide contains onboard exercises to help you keep fit, as well as guidance on how to determine your fitness level and tips on how to warm up, work out and cool down safely.