You want to get away, but feel productive?
You want to not just see somewhere new, but experience it?
You want to enjoy great food, but know it’s healthy?
You want to break your routine, but still sweat?
A fitness retreat might just be what you’ve been looking for to break loose of the plateau you’ve hit or see the world in a whole new way. A fitness retreat or active vacation offers you something more than a resort with plush robes and soft spoken massage therapists, it will leave you invigorated, filled with memories and likely a new level of confidence.
It can range from that upper end luxury plush bedding and spa treatments, to roughing it in the wilderness. And if you’re just looking for an active vacation you can do on your own, checkout Iceland or even Phoenix!
10 Active Vacations: Retreats for Adults
Over the last few years, I’ve been truly blessed to try out a few of these different adventures. I’ve linked to my complete review where appropriate and let’s just say I’m hoping this becomes my must do checklist!
I believe there is no better way to see the world than through my two feet and love how these vacations are organized to get you in touch with the location. You won’t be passing the green fields through a bus window, you’ll be grasping it in your hands, lungs and heart.Most retreats are generally limited to small groups, which means advanced planning is key! They sell out quickly and for a good reason, so without further ado here are 10 fitness vacations to get your vacation planning started:
Run Mindful Retreat – Running, yoga
Malibu and Boulder
A few years ago, meditation and mindfulness started to become more mainstream. Dr’s were prescribing it, Dan Harris wrote the incredible book 10% Happier, we heard about Oprah, Steve Jobs and other mega-superstars crediting mediation for their success.
Meanwhile, runners have known for years that our solo time is a great chance to clear the head. But there is a more focused practice which can indeed make us better runners. These retreats involve miles of trails, plenty of healthy food, time outdoors and small intimate group atmosphere.
Read the full review >> Soulstice Retreat – Unique Fitness Classes/Bonding/Classes
Park City, Utah
When it comes to changing up your routine, the classes offered at the Soulstice Retreat will likely be unlike any you done before from sunrise Vinyasa yoga atop a mountain overlook at 9,000 feet to Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga in a geothermal spring crater. These classes are complimented with daily Pilates reformer classes, aerial yoga, barre classes, trail runs and more in the beautiful Park City area.
This retreat is also designed to feed your body and soul with small group talks, lectures and three nourishing meals a day. Additionally, since this is done in partnership with Albion Fit, you’ll arrive to a goodie bag worth over $1500 that will prep you to look and feel your best all week.
WellFit Malibu – Hiking/Cross Training/Weight Loss
f you’ve ever watched any weight loss competition show, you’ve probably had a little nudge in the back of your mind that thought “hmmm a week of workouts and healthy food would probably help me get back on track“.
Regardless of your desire to lose weight or not, there is something immensely appealing about dropping all of your daily MUST DO’s for a week that’s focused on nothing, but you. This retreat does have a weight loss focus, so you’ll be eating wonderful food but in calorie controlled portions, then spending your morning hiking and your afternoon in a cross training class
Read the full review >>ViaYoga — Surfing/Yoga Lovers
Mexico and Costa Rica
If learning to ride a wave and quiet your mind are at the top of your must do list, this is the retreat for you. Each day a morning yoga session is followed by meditation, whole foods and time to prepare for an afternoon surf session (or stand up paddle boarding). First time surfer? No problem, ViaYoga works with professional surf instructors to keep you safe and enjoy the process of learning.
After time in the ocean, the day finishes with a second yoga practice to unwind and flow easily in to dinner, where you can chat about the day and enjoy a margarita before walking back to your luxury beach front villa for the night. Another unique feature of this camp is the rotation of yoga instructors, as each will bring a different methodology and focus to the camp. Be sure to read their bio and find one who fits your goals.
Self Discovery Camp – Yoga/Self Work/Hiking
Poconos, Italy, Columbia (for 2017)
“This retreat will blow your mind, and your fears right out of the water.” That’s the opening statement to describe this seven day retreat focused not just on yoga, but on pushing you to do the mental work that will break you out of bad habits, a life rut or move towards our next goal.
Between all the introspective work there will be time for waterfall hikes, salsa dancing, massages, excursions and yes even group hypnosis to reduce stress and build confidence. Expect this luxury, eco chic adventure to appeal to all your sense and even cater to the vegan and gluten free among us.
Run Like a Girl — Hiking/Adventure
This seven day adventure is less about luxury and more about spending every possible moment exploring the world through trail running, yoga, hiking, rappelling and even tree climbing! It also includes a community service project to ensure you leave fully well rounded. Anticipate sleeping in nature, simple, delicious meals made by locals and pushing yourself outside all comfort zones.
Read the full review>> Alta Ski Camp – Skiing
If snow skiing is your endorphin creator of choice the Alta Ski Camp has something for every ability. Small groups allow guided skiing at Alta and Snowbird on terrain matching your beginner or advanced level. Not only will you be enjoying time in the powder, but working with experts to improve your overall performance and prevent injuries.
The camp includes alignment and functional physical evaluation by a bio mechanics expert, video analysis, and evening indoor presentations that include two dry land training sessions.Feed your need for sweat and adventure with one of these fitness retreats! #travel #adventure Click To Tweet
Karma Surf Retreat – Rock Climbing and Yoga
After dragging yourself away from the villa pool with views of the sea, you’ll find the views while rock climbing are just as stunning. Climbing sessions are lead by experienced instructors who select the walls based upon the skill level of the group and the weather. Cascais coastline climb are right above the crashing shoreline waves, while the Sintra mountain range climb offers ocean views.
When you aren’t transfixed by the location, guides will be honing your skills, then leading you through a daily yoga practice to help relieve the tension created by this new exercise. Each day your adventures will be fueled with an organic breakfast and hearty lunch. With additional free time you might choose to mountain bike or cook up a dinner with local ingredients in the villa kitchen.
Mountain Trek – Hiking and Health Seekers
Nelson, Canada and Baja California
If you want to get outside purely to relax and enjoy, then Mountain Trek is the perfect place to rejuvenate – “At Mountain Trek it’s easy to reverse the effects of aging and feel vitality again.”
A week of mountain air, fresh foods, enjoyable daily hikes, relaxed yoga, health lectures, spa time, healthy cuisine and more will do wonders for anyone’s spirit. If the daily hike wasn’t enough to make you feel the burn, you can hop in to any of the evening fitness classes from spinning to bootcamp! Each meal is designed to support your active day and reset any junk food habits with wholesome ingredients, protein and flavor.Mountain Running Academy – Running Technique
Jackson Hole, WY
If you’re ready to take your trail running to a new level, try 12,000 feet. Lead by Eric Orton, the running coach who gained fame in the Born to Run book, you’ll find yourself learning a ton about proper technique and just as importantly mindset. While this camp is designed to help ultrarunners, as a non-ultra runner I was able to hang for the most part as you’ll see.
Trail running techniques to help you improve, discussions of mindset and talking with other amazing distance runners will light a fire in you to push your boundaries. Plus you’ll be getting in a mega dose of red blood cells with that altitude training! Jackson Hole is gorgeous, so plan an extra day to spend some time enjoying this beautiful town.
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While every retreat is different, most retreat prices include the majority of your activities and expenses during the stay, but it’s always good to check with your travel agent. Following is what most of these great luxury wellness vacations include:
- Hotel Accommodations (sometimes shared rooms, check for details)
- Healthy, fresh meals
- Daily workouts, yoga, surfing or other activities of the retreat
- Airport Transfer
- Guides or instructors
- Excursions or local tours
The downside to travel is once you’ve gotten accustomed to the thrill of running, hiking, eating, exploring new places…well home can seem a tad hum drum.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a home body and LOVE to enjoy time here with David. I don’t need to go out during the week or feel the need to constantly talk to people. But traveling once a month seems good for my whole outlook, maybe it’s because I work from home…I need to be freed once a month to shake off the cobwebs!
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