Is it time to rekindle the love affair with your fitness routine? Has your relationship with your elliptical become humdrum? Maybe it’s time to shake things up. Pinterest reported a mighty 618% spike in fitness travel searches, and the industry has answered with a wealth of fitness retreats that vary in focus and style.
Retreats At Renowned Fitness & Wellness Destination Resorts
Although these tony destinations, known for hosting the rich and famous, can have price tags as high as $1000 to $3000 and up per night, consider staying during the off-season, where you may find rooms in the $399 range. Many resorts require a minimum stay and offer all-inclusive packages where your suite, meals, activities, etc., are included.
Expect to pick a themed program that focuses on specific goals: weight loss, fitness, mindfulness, detoxing your diet, well-being, stress reduction, creative inspiration, thriving relationships or healthy cooking, for example. Your visit may begin with a cutting-edge fitness, metabolic and health assessment upon arrival. Then you’ll usually experience expert lectures, meditation, personal trainers, specialized menus, a strenuous indoor and outdoor fitness schedule, spa services, and specialized group classes. (Be prepared for dormant muscle groups to be reawakened!)
One of the most celebrated high-end retreats is Canyon Ranch Health & Wellness Resorts with destinations in Tucson, Arizona and Lenox, Massachusetts. Prices start at about $700 per night. With the signature Digital Detox program, expect to check your cell phone, unplug from your regular life and rediscover your own original thoughts—perhaps while flexing your new Aerobic Yoga skills.
If the wilderness is more your style, think about Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa in Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia. For $5,100 USD, you’ll get a fully scheduled boot-camp style, six-day immersion fitness retreat designed to up your metabolism and balance hormones. Say goodbye to sugar, alcohol, starch and processed food, and hello to beautiful hikes, weight loss and oh yes, massages to reward your hard work.
Or maybe you like your workouts on the creative side—try Cardio Drumming, Tai Chi in the water, Zen Boot Camp, BOGAFiT aqua classes on floating FitMats, scenic desert hikes and “mindful” horseback riding sessions designed to “unleash creativity, improve communication, and heal fear and trauma.” You can find all this at Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
Retreats For A Specific Sport Or Activity
What’s your fitness passion? Chances are there’s a retreat just for you. Wave riders, for example, can head to Kalon Surf Resort in Costa Rica for a weeklong, all-inclusive surf school experience with Pilates, massage and frothy, beachy beauty. For the adventurous, Sweet Retreats offers Aerial and Circus class retreats. Yogis can find fun and inspiration at The Travel Yogi, Yoga For Bad People and YogaKoh; runners and bikers should make a beeline toward Mile High Wings or The Cyclist’s Menu. Or how about a combo? Try Surfin2Yoga or Women’s Ski & Wellness Week (also accessible for those with disabilities) in Telluride, Colorado.
Indie Fitness Retreats
Many destination retreats are a one-time or limited offer. Hubs such as seekretreat.com feature retreats like Folk Rebellion’s Digital Detox Under the Aurora Borealis where attendees ski, snowshoe, ice fish, hike, snowmobile and do yoga under the Northern Lights. Popular instructors and fitness studios also offer retreats such as AKT fitness studio, that’s leading devotees to Nicaragua. Or how about a retreat on the high seas? Try Base Camp Baja Exhale-Lindblad Expeditions Fitness Cruise, described as a five-day wildness and wilderness adventure. Guests travel Mexico’s Sea of Cortez aboard the National Geographic Venture and dive into Core Fusion Boot Camp, yoga, hiking, paddleboarding, snorkeling with sea lions and more.