Ahhhh, vacation time. After months of lifting weights and low-fat meals, you’re finally beach-bod ready for boozy days under the sun, punctuated by foodie finds and gourmet gastronomy. We’re all guilty of it, prepping endlessly at the gym to fit into that yellow polka dot bikini, only to let ourselves go as soon as we land on those getaway grounds. In the end, we end up returning to our daily humdrum routines, tired, exhausted…and back at the gym to work off those beachside-binge calories.
But what if there was a way to satisfy your wanderlust, relax and rejuvenate all while also bettering your health? Enter fitcations. That’s right folks – now, instead of getting in shape for your vacation, you can actually keep up with your healthy routine, better it, or even start on a fitness journey while you’re holidaying your heart out. From boot camps to bike tours and nutrition programs to night-time meditation, read on to find out how you can plan for your next vacation to be a fitcation.
Decide on Your Fitness Goals
Sit too much, work too much, eat too much, don’t eat enough…sound familiar? There are a million ways to be or get fit so the first and foremost thing you need to decide is what your fitness goals are and how you want them to fit into your vacation itinerary.
Are you trying to focus on changing your health habits? Then take a look at the Ame Spa & Wellness Collective in Turnberry Isle, Miami, where you can choose from customizable packages that address concerns such as weight management, heart health, stress management and nutrition. Looking for an outdoorsy oasis? Escape cramped studios and explore the 40-mile Old Mamaloa Highway to Waipo Valley Overlook trail by bike on Big Island, Hawaii, or escape the confines of gym walls and take a walking or hiking tour of the vast Argentine and Chilean mountain region known as Patagonia.
Determine Your Budget
As in planning every trip, it’s important to set your budget before you start booking things. A fitcation package, planned and prepared much like all-inclusive resorts do, can run you anywhere from $100-$1,000 per day. If you’re looking for affordable options, take a DIY (do it yourself) approach and do some research on how to keep up a workout routine and healthy diet and opt for on-site or closeby smaller excursions. If it’s luxury you’re looking for, check out Cas Gasi in Ibiza, Spain, or Precision Fit’cations where they curate vacation packages specific to your fitness needs and wants, including anything from yoga retreats to personal training sessions and healthy meals to organic wine tastings in multiple domestic and international destinations!
Stick to Something You Already Know How to Do
We’re all about trying new things while you’re wanderlusting through the world, but if you’re not an avid hiker, choosing a week-long hike across the Himalayas as your first adventure may not be the best idea. Although you can’t avoid getting hurt entirely, you can certainly take measures to stay as safe as possible. The last thing you want is to get injured in a foreign place, where you might be far from a hospital or unable to speak the local language to communicate to others about your injury. If you’re someone who can’t accept anything less than daredevil-status when it comes to challenges, we highly suggest getting travel insurance and be sure to do some thorough research to ensure that it covers medical expenses.
Choose a Destination According to Your Wellness Preferences
Like we said, there’s no limit to what kinds of activities you can do while you’re out on a guilt-free getaway. However, where you decide to go will be. If you’re looking to be a beach bum while also working on your beach bod, opt for tropical locations where you can choose from coastal activities like surfing, running on the beach or doing sun salutations under the coastal sunshine. More of a snowshoes and log cabin type? Check out The Broadmoor in Colorado or Montage Deer Valley in Utah where you can enjoy personalized wellness programs with activities ranging from facials to fly-fishing, skiing to sunbathing indoors and wellness seminars to white-water rafting. And if you can’t decide or want to do it all, choose a neutral place like Thailand or Nepal that encompasses various regions with differing climates, foods and activities.
Challenge Yourself, But Don’t Overdo It!
Embrace that adventurous spirit, use that determination and stride on with confidence on your fitcation, we encourage it! There’s no better way to reach your fitness goals than challenging yourself to get there. But in the case of wellness-focused retreats and adventures, it’s important to remember not to overdo it. While pushing your limits is great when you’re trying to accomplish something big for yourself, remind yourself that you’re where you are to better your health and well-being, not endanger it. If this is your first fitcation, try going for programs and activities that aren’t going to push your limits over the top. Start small and work your way up — you know, in the whole slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of way.
Pay attention, because this is the most important part of your fitcation. The number one rule is… to have a blast! We know, we know, you’re here on a mission. But try your best not to get so lost or involved in your fitness goals, that you forget to enjoy your much-deserved and highly-anticipated time off. After all, you’re on your vacation and there’s nothing better for your health than to be happy, rested and relaxed!
Have you been on a fitcation? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!