If you’re thinking of making your next holiday a fitness retreat, it’s important to go somewhere you’ll also enjoy as a holiday destination. Make your wellbeing retreat, fitness boot camp, or spa holiday an excuse to visit a country you’ve always wanted to see, or to surround yourself with your favourite type of scenery.
Think about the type of exercise you enjoy, too. The firm, flat sands of a beach are ideal for running, while the sea makes for a calm backdrop for yoga sessions. If you enjoy swimming, your idea of paradise might be a warm sea, or you might prefer the exhilarating chill of a freshwater lake. Hiking and climbing in the mountains are also great for building muscle and boosting physical endurance.
A wellbeing retreat can be a great opportunity for foreign travel, as you enjoy the tranquility of a Greek island or a remote Scandinavian forest. Then again, you can also get away from it all in the Scottish wilderness, or find a haven of peace in the grounds of a stately home.
The right location will leave you relaxed in mind and body. Other wellbeing benefits of travel include healthy local cuisine, such as fresh fish, newly harvested vegetables, and other organic produce, and the sunshine that improves mood as well as increasing vitamin D absorption for healthy bones, skin, and teeth.
Many people daydream of holidays to be somewhere hot and sunny. For your fitness retreat, a location with plenty of sunshine can help you stay motivated and enjoy being outdoors. A warm, dry climate is ideal for working out, though if you’re worried about getting too hot, choose a more temperate area. A location with sea breezes or trees to provide shade will help you keep your cool while enjoying the fresh air.
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