8 Ways Retreats Help with Weight Management
If you’re looking to gain or lose weight with the aim of improving your overall physical health, retreats can be a great kick starter to allow you to take a break from your usual routines, educate yourself on what your body needs and start to put into place new long term practices which will help you reach your goals.
Here are 8 ways in which a retreat can help point you in the right direction on your weight management journey:
1. Balanced Meals
The food at a retreat can vary in cuisine, dietary preference and style but will be carefully selected based on nutritional benefit, in season produce and quality of ingredients. Each meal will be carefully curated to ensure a balance of vitamins and essential minerals to help you function optimally and recover. For those looking to achieve a specific weight based goal (either decrease or increase), the culinary team can often cater specifically to your needs
2. Wellness Facilities
Retreats commonly offer state of the art facilities aimed at bettering your physical health including tennis courts, hiking trails, yoga centres, gyms, saunas and steam rooms. Access to these facilities often encourages guests to try their hand at a new skill or exercise or post workout regime that is more enjoyable than they can incorporate into their daily routine whilst back in the outside world.
Stress can trigger many unhealthy habits like eating poorly and not exercising, as well as physiological issues such as cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal problems. In order to counter the impact of life’s daily stressors, retreats place a strong emphasis on relaxation methods and techniques, ranging from meditation and sound healing to anti-anxiety workshops. You will commonly find retreats without phone service or wifi to encourage guests to surround yourself in nature and just ‘be’. A good first step is to check out our pamper category to see which retreats offer some wholesome treatments for you to part-take in during your stay.
4. Change of Environment
It’s easy to spend a whole week on autopilot doing the same thing, whether it’s sitting at a desk for too long, ordering a takeaway or driving rather than walking to the shops. To help break these habits we often need to remove ourselves from the environment, reflect on our habits and choose to alter our routine when back home for long term benefits.
5. Creating Healthy Habits
Once you have started to identify the unhealthy habits or identify the areas you could improve, it is important to start thinking about how you can incorporate these changes into your life after the retreat. For example, if you enjoyed a daily morning walk during your time at the retreat, why not incorporate this into your daily routine?
6. Expert Advice
Retreats often have a range of resident experts across a diverse range of fields, from nutritionists and beauty therapists through to personal trainers and psychologists. It is a rare opportunity to have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips so use it as a time to educate yourself on new topics, get personalised advice tailored to your body type and better your understanding of health and wellness. Don’t forget to take notes!
7. Exercise & Movement
Whether you prefer the slow and flowing classes or the higher intensity activities you can opt in to what suits you. Each retreat will always strive to cater for all levels and encourage that any movement is better than none and will all be a step towards achieving your fitness, mental clarity or weight goals.
8. Incidental activity
Many retreats are located on stunning and vast property, often encompassing mixed terrain and can lead to you working up your daily steps without you even knowing – what’s better than that!
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