Who Says Vacations Can't Be Healthy: Fitness Retreats Made Fun

Anyone who’s been on vacation will testify that it usually takes a toll on your fitness and your diet. From the get-go you have to deal with long, winding security lines at the airport--while being tempted to vent out your frustration on any of the greasy fast food options that flank the path to your gate. 

And then it gets worse, flying takes a toll on your body, leaving you a cranky wreck so that by the time you are landing exercise and balanced meals are the last thing on your mind.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Who says vacations can’t be healthy? Stay on-side of your fitness goals while on vacation with these tips and best practices:

Know Your Essentials

One of the first things you realize when you travel is that there are a number of things that lie beyond your control, and so many things are different from what you are used to. This adds to the stress--and excitement--of the experience and, in truth, only the strong will survive. One trick that can keep you from not losing your mind while you are on your trip, however, is knowing and protecting your bare essentials.

The bare essentials are things you absolutely cannot do without if you are going to feel good. These are different for everybody; it could be proper sleep, a cup of coffee every morning, a walk every now and then, vegetables or organic foods, you name it. Whatever those are for you, protect them and don’t move an inch. You can be flexible on other things but not these.

Exercise Without Realizing It

Who says you only lose pounds in the gym? Certainly not us. By simply staying active you can lose calories and pounds, and at Interlaken Inn, there are so many fun ways to do this. You could take a walk--or jog--across our 30 scenic acres, exploring the two lakes and the natural features in between. You could decide to get your feet wet and take a recreational swim or go kayaking and canoeing across Lake Wonoscopomuc, taking in the scenery as you go along. Or you could hit the road and go visit any of the historic towns and communities that surround Litchfield Hills.

Play Games

If your idea of fun does not involve you hitting the gym while on holiday, don’t sweat it. You can continue mixing things up and losing calories by engaging in games and sports activities, instead. At Interlaken Inn, for example, you can get your heart rate up by hitting the basketball court with your friends, going back and forth over the tennis court, or--if you feel your heels and wrists are up for it--visiting the volleyball court. You can then cool off and still work those muscles in the outdoor swimming pool. How’s that for a workout session?

Go for a Massage

While on vacation you have the perfect opportunity to get in touch with your body and untie the knots that develop from everyday life. With massage therapy, you can relax and benefit from a world of good. Elora Spa, Sanctuary and Pilates, which is located at Interlaken Inn, can be your one-stop-shop for everything you need to feel your very best again, including Advanced Skin Care, Masters Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Spinal Integration, and Pilates.

There’s no need for you to sacrifice your fitness goals while you are on vacation, and there is no need to give up the fun simply to meet your fitness goals. Now you know you can blend the two and enjoy the best of both worlds.

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