Fitness retreats are becoming more and more popular than ever and not just for the privileged few. The word “retreat” describes the purpose. To retreat from your usual surroundings, responsibilities, and concerns to get away from the distractions that keep you on that proverbial treadmill in life.
When you get away from it all, you are able to put your life and health priorities in proper perspective. You are able to get outside of your usual environment to review where you are going and where you have been. A fitness retreat is a great way to rededicate oneself to health management. If you need to lose weight, a retreat will help you to get on track recognizing the things you need to adopt into your daily lifestyle.
However, that seems to be the problem with many retreats. Participants look at the retreat as a time to catch up or store up what they have been neglecting to do. Instead, a retreat should be time to add focus and maintain diligence upon returning home.
Fitness retreats can work either way. Some are structured in such a way that they cannot possibly be duplicated on your own at home. An effective retreat setting must simulate a real life environment, which can translate later into your home life routine.
For example, if you attend a retreat where a nutrition chef prepares and serves your food to you then that does not translate into your home life. However, if you engage in cooking lessons then you have something to take home with you that can become a part of your life. New routines can develop from a few building blocks with exercise and nutrition.
When choosing a fitness retreat, make sure that the fun factor is extremely high. Make sure that the activities and outings planned sound exciting to you so that you enjoy the anticipation as well as the trip itself. Places where you can be near the water or the mountains usually are ideal places to go for retreats.
A favorite destination resort where you can find water, mountains, and major tourist attractions would be Las Vegas. Hiking around Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, plus trekking the world famous Las Vegas strip, offers plenty of opportunity both indoors and outdoors.
Should cost be a determining factor, then you may want to consider that your accommodations will vary the price. Find out if you will be put up in dormitory type housing or if you are actually paying for your own beachfront condo. The least expensive option without giving up all personal privacy, would be a bed and breakfast type residence where fitness is the theme. I currently know of only one fitness retreat advertised on the Internet where you are actually charged for the services only. The accommodations are pretty much “on the house” when you factor in the cost of personal training, food, and outings.
Too much privacy can be a problem when you are housed in a separate facility, condos, or apartments. I once attended a week long retreat where we stayed in shared townhouses. Many of the participants “defected” during personal break times to leave the property and forage for fast food and drink. That pretty much defeats the purpose of the retreat if discipline and accountability are what you are paying for.
When shopping for fitness retreats, compare costs, accommodations, locations, and services. Then make an appointment either by phone or in person and have a list of questions you want to ask. Most busy retreat operators will appreciate a prospective client who has done the homework of at least reviewing the frequently asked questions on the website FAQ page. That way, they will take you seriously and give your call proper consideration. Good luck in making the right choice and no matter where you go for your fitness retreat, make sure that you have fun.