It all started a couple of years ago when I was approaching my 50th birthday. I thought about how I wanted to celebrate by either having a big party or going somewhere special. I didn’t see it as some big milestone in my life, instead, I just wanted to forget about turning 50. My Birthday came and went without any fanfare.

Like most red blooded American males, I enjoy watching football on Sundays or an occasional basketball game if my team is doing well. But I’ve never been much of a jock; never got into any kind of formal sports. I never excersised.

You’re might wondering at this point what this has to do with a Hawaii vacation.

Well, right before my 50th birthday, my wife and I had an opportunity to go on a seven-day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. If you’ve ever wondered what people who live in Hawaii do for their vacations, this is one of them. Even though I’m a travel agent who’s lived in Hawaii 18 years, I thought that this would be a great idea. Then I lamented Oh No!, what about all the food? What about all the drinking? Isn’t that what people do on a cruise?

Right before our cruise, one of my good friends who I have known since childhood started telling me about how he had been working out and getting into shape. He talked about how rowing and training had improved his heart rate. He said his main inspiration was a book he had read that was called interestingly, “Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You’re 80 and Beyond.” My friend sent the book to me for my birthday and I started reading it three days before the cruise.

As a result of reading the first few chapters I decided to use this vacation as an opportunity to get in shape. I made a commitment to use the gym on the ship every day and go to classes that they offered on healthy eating. I kept my promise to myself. I worked out every single day while on the ship and stayed with that regime till today. I am not going to lecture about the specifics of my workout; you can find that all in the book. But I can tell you that in my experience, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

Why not use this upcoming Hawaii vacation not only to get away from the stresses of your busy life, but also to make some lifestyle changes? Hawaii is perfect for exercising and being outdoors. Many of the resorts are located on expansive properties where you can walk or run while enjoying beautiful scenery. Most hotels have gyms or other exercise facilities for their guests. Hawaii has many great restaurants on each island where you can find healthy meals at affordable prices. There is no excuse not to keep to your exercise and diet regime while you are in Hawaii!

If you’re like most folks who are considering Hawaii Vacations; it’s a trip of a lifetime. Consider this your opportunity and invitation to get into shape during your Hawaiian Vacation and be younger next year.


  1. That sure is a nice pic…mahalo for the run yesterday…very awesome and the sites were just as nice..Keep up the good work.

  2. We live in paradise… we might as well live long lives to enjoy it!

    PS: You don’t look 50 and it’s great that you don’t act it either!

    Aloha, cai_mommy

  3. Great run. You never act you are 52 years old. You always have young heart and act like you are 25. Good for you.

  4. Right on Bruce! I can so relate as I too, am over that half a century milestone..and working out is so part of my daily routine..canoe paddling, gym workouts and surfing. I advise my customers to bring your running shoes and sight see on foot…you can go anywhere and see everything! To complete this would be to bring swim fins, snorkel & mask. Exploring our ocean is not only refreshing & enlightening, you’re getting an excellent workout as well! We have perfect weather to workout all year staying in shape is easy, fun and totally painless!!

  5. OK Bruce, you inspired me. I really need to run regularly. Vacation or not, I will run 🙂

    And yes, I should swim too.

    Good points about using the vacation to jump start a lifestyle change.

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