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Fit on board - a guide for seafarers

Staying fit has numerous health benefits - our guide contains 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 us in many ways. It makes us physically and mentally stronger, improves our sleep and digestion, stabilises our blood pressure and sugar, and improves our concentration and self-confidence. The possibility of doing any fitness exercise is limited on a ship, but there are exercises seafarers can do which don't require much space or equipment.

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