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Be Fit to Work as A Seafarer

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), it is imperative for seafarers to be physically healthy at all stages of his maritime career. Every seafarer is required to undergo a medical examination every two years to monitor their health condition.

In cases where one’s health may need to be checked occasionally, medical assessment may be taken more frequently. This is to lessen possible risk among the crew members, guarantee the smooth operation of the ship while at sea, and to ensure that they are fit enough to perform their duties during the validity of the medical certificate.

Expand your maritime career possibilities by being physically fit. Here are some simple tips on how you can take care of your health off and on board.


1. Stay Fit

  • Set a weight goal according to your appropriate Body Mass Index (BMI) and stick to it.
  • Stay fit and healthy onboard by working out regularly. Improvise small cans of food or bottles of water.
  • Walking and jogging can help prevent high blood pressure. Take a walk or jog for at least 30 minutes three times a week.
  • Take the stairs whenever you can to burn calories.
  • Do sit-ups and crunches in your cabin to strengthen your core muscles, burn calories and rip abs.
  • Look for and visit the nearest sports centers when in port if possible.


2.  Take Healthy Foods

  • Reduce the causes of cholesterol and heart problems by eating white meat like fish and poultry.
  • Flush toxins by drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily.
  • Reduce alcoholic and carbonated drinks intake.


3.  Practice Proper Food Sanitation

  • Store your foods on board in freezers at -18c or below.
  • Separate raw meats from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Dispose spoiled fruit and vegetables.


4. Avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

  • The most reliable way to prevent STDs is to remain faithful and maintain a monogamous relationship.
  • Do not take injectable prohibited drugs and alcohols.

There’s a thin line between good health and career success. Your food choices and lifestyle affects your health, thus influencing your performance at work. Live a healthy lifestyle to obtain that “Fit to Work” medical certificate and go on board trouble-free. And for a hassle-free job application, build a SeamanJobsite profile. Owning one will allow you apply to POEA-licensed manning agencies online.

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