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October 2023

Customer Advisory Feature

Planning a vacation around health and wellness

In today's fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find the time to factor in health and wellness. But with a little planning, we can at least make a beginning – let’s start with our vacations. This basically means getting some exercise, eating healthy foods, and learning new ways to take care of ourselves.

There are many different types of health and wellness holidays available - right from yoga retreats and spa vacations, getaway trips planned by health experts, to adventure trips promoted by outdoor activity professionals. No matter what type of health and wellness holiday you choose, you will come back feeling refreshed and energized.

Some focus areas for your next health and wellness vacation

Work towards reducing anxiety and stress
Vacations are a great way to escape the stress points of everyday life. So you need to work towards switching to a relax-and-recover mode – your fitness and activity planners at the resort will help you do just that.

Choose a destination that aligns with your goals. If you're looking for a relaxing vacation, you might choose a destination with beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunities to unwind.

Work towards new goals in physical fitness

Incorporate physical activity into your vacation week. Take advantage of the natural environment and explore the area without using your car.

Many health and wellness holidays include activities such as yoga, hiking, biking, and swimming. These activities can help you improve your cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility. If you're looking for a more active vacation, you might choose a destination with hiking trails, bike paths, or other outdoor activities.

Work towards a healthy vacation diet
When you're on a health and wellness holiday, you might have access to healthy meals and snacks that are prepared with fresh ingredients. This can help improve your overall diet and nutrition.

Look for restaurants with healthy options like salads, lean proteins, and vegetables. Stay hydrated – Carry a refillable water bottle with you and make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

You can also look for local restaurants that offer healthy options and dine out during your stay. Bring healthy snacks on your trip – pack a variety of healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit to keep you upbeat and energized throughout the day.

Work towards introducing healthy habits
Health and wellness holidays often include workshops and seminars on topics such as nutrition, stress management, and sleep hygiene. These workshops can help you learn new ways to take care of yourself and improve your overall health and well-being.

On a vacation, it is also useful to engage in activities that you enjoy. Make some time to relax and enjoy your vacation. Take a painting class, listen to music, find a yoga class, get a massage, or just read a book.

Get plenty of rest. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and plan your days to include breaks and naps. Prioritize sleep – aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night to keep your body and mind refreshed.

Some typical formats for health and wellness vacations:

Spa vacations: Spa vacations are a great way to relax and de-stress. Many spas offer a variety of treatments, such as massages, facials, and body wraps. Some spas also offer specialized programs, such as weight loss and detox programs.

Fitness vacations: Fitness vacations are a great way to get active and improve your physical fitness. Some fitness vacations focus on specific activities, such as running, yoga, or hiking. Others offer a variety of activities, so you can choose the ones that interest you most.

Wellness retreats: Wellness retreats are a great way to learn new healthy habits and improve your overall well-being. Some wellness retreats focus on specific topics, such as nutrition, stress management, or sleep hygiene. Others offer a more general approach to wellness.

Active vacations: Active vacations are a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Some popular vacation destinations are located near national parks, beaches, and water-sport resorts.

No matter what type of health and wellness vacation you choose, the most important thing is to relax and enjoy yourself. After all, vacations are a time to escape from your 9-to-5 routine and relax 24/7.

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