Spring break is fast approaching, and many of us are gearing up to escape the last remaining weeks of winter with a well-deserved holiday.
But just because you’ve got a vacation on the brain, doesn’t mean that all the hard work you’ve put in at the gym has to go out the window. Indeed, there are so many more getaway opportunities than all-you-can-eat, all-inclusive binge fest.
The hottest travel trend of 2017 is health-and-wellness or fitness-inspired vacations, where you can get all the perks of a regular warm and sunny destination, with more than enough active options to keep you healthy and entertained.
The options for fitness vacations are endless. You can now go away on a fit vacay with your family, to enjoy the great outdoors, as an athlete, specifically to detox or lose weight, as a yogi or even to indulge in a luxury gym-and-spa weekend.
Here are some of our picks for the hottest fitness vacation destinations is year, with a little something for everyone. Before you book your holiday, consider the advantages of an active vacation, which will not only help keep you on track, but ensure you return feel happier, healthier and rejuvenated when you return.
The Outdoors Enthusiast: Whistler, B.C.
If you are looking to stay in Canada year round, Whistler Fitness Vacations can accommodate you. They boast a luxury weight loss retreat for women, tucked away in the beautiful mountain scenery of Whistler BC. Their trips focus on human development through physical fitness, aiming to inspire women from all over the world to get fit, lose weight and feel great.
“Whether you’re traveling solo or with friends, you’ll feel a sense of team from the moment you arrive,” they boast. “Our inclusive boot camp program is spearheaded by one of Canada’s leading coaches, you will always feel pushed and never feel left behind.” Sign us up!
Athletic Training: Thailand
Nestled in the beautiful country of Thailand you will find PhuketFit. Avertised as Thailand’s number 1 fitness holiday destination, they custom-design the whole experience around your specific fitness goals, and support you with a physical routine, nutrition, exercise recovery, mental preparation and even supplementation, all catered to you and your needs. They offer 7 to 28 day packages, but be warned, the pricing leans towards the more expensive side.
Yogi Families: Jamaica
The Jakes Hotel is a great place for the yogi and the yogi family to go relax and enjoy some family time while getting your sweat on. You get the beach, the sun and the full yoga experience, all in one. Your kids will love staying in colorful casitas, and You can practice daily with Empress, the resident yoga instructor. The resort can cater to your whole family’s taste with biking or hiking tours, in case one of you isn’t so fond of sun salutations. It’s also good to note that their food is all sustainable and locally grown. (And who doesn’t love that?)
Water Lovers: Costa Rica
No place says, “vacation” quite like Costa Rica. A vacation offered by Pura Vida Adventures will leave you learning how to surf in the beautiful waters and help you explore life through yoga and practice. This is a beachfront, all-inclusive resort, with breathtaking views and tons of fun activities, which makes this an ideal vacation to spend with friends, family or a loved one.
And these are all just a few examples of the different types of fitness vacations available today. Instead of indulging in a junk-food-filled, boozy spring break — which will no doubt disrupt your sleep, goals and interfere with your relaxation — consider a different kind of holiday, one that will leave you feeling more refreshed, healthier and stronger than when you left.