While sipping cocktails from a poolside lounger is a popular way to spend a vacation, why not make an escape where you can come back home feeling better, rather than spending a guilt-inducing holiday over-indulging? A health retreat allows one not only to relax, but to enhance health and wellness, returning to your day-to-day life guilt-free with a wealth of benefits that will long outlast any tan.
Lonely Planet has called wellness tourism the fastest growing sector in the travel industry, and there’s a good reason for that, including these that are just about guaranteed to convince you your next vacation should really be to a wellness retreat.
A Digital Detox
Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed by being bombarded by all that bad news day after day that comes through our television sets, laptops and smartphones? It can be challenging to step away from the news, social media, email and the like, which makes a wellness retreat the ideal prescription. Many health-focused resorts encourage a digital detox or are located in places where there is no cell signal or Wi-Fi. Instead of listening to the incessant buzz of your phone, you’ll hear the songs of the birds and actually notice the sensation of the sun on your skin without all those distractions.
Being away from those glaring screens, outdoors among nature, watching the wildlife, breathing in the fresh air, is an instant stress reliever. Spending time in nature has also been shown to reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause weight gain and all sorts of other health issues.
It Provides Time to Focus on Goals That Can Transform Your Life
Wellness retreats frequently provide the inspiration needed to focus on goals that can literally transform your life. Many offer all sorts of programs aimed to enhance overall health with packages focused on stress relief, anti-aging, detox, weight loss and more. You’ll come home more motivated to stick with it, almost like an entirely new person.
Learning More About Nutritious Foods
Wellness retreats typically focus on providing meals that will flood the mind and body with the nutrition needed for healthy fuel. You won’t return home feeling guilty having added additional pounds after indulging in margarita after margarita not to mention those non-stop buffet food eating. Instead, you’ll learn more about well-balanced eating through nutritious, tasty foods, and perhaps even come back home a bit lighter.
You’ll Be Surrounded by Like-Minded People
Going to a wellness retreat means that you’ll be surrounded by others who are also seeking to enhance health and wellness, perhaps with many of the same concerns you have. Not only can they provide an important support system, helping you to understand you’re not alone, but there’s a good chance you’ll end up making life-long friends that you’ll stay in touch with after you return home. That provides even more motivation continue all those good habits that get started during a health and wellness getaway.