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Fitness holidays: Retreats in the most beautiful corners of the world to help you stay in shape

Fitness holidays: Retreats in the most beautiful corners of the world to help you stay in shape

Are you tired of the same old gym routines and your daily running route? Do you crave an escape from the bustle of everyday life while still prioritising your health and fitness?

Fortunately, fitness holidays offer the perfect blend of relaxation and exercise in some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.

What are fitness retreats?

Fitness retreats are health and wellness experiences promoting physical health, mental wellbeing, and personal growth in a stunning natural setting.

These retreats typically offer a range of activities like yoga, hiking, meditation and strength training, all aimed at helping you achieve your fitness goals while enjoying a rejuvenating escape from the stresses of daily life.

Such holidays have surged in popularity as people seek vacation alternatives that leave them refreshed and revitalised. With an increasing focus on health and self-care, individuals are more interested in prioritising their physical and mental wellbeing in a supportive and empowering environment.

Additionally, the rise of social media has contributed to the popularity of these vacations. The picturesque locations and inspiring success stories shared online entice more people to embark on their own wellness journeys.

5 breathtaking fitness retreats around the world

Every corner of the world has something beautiful to offer and fitness holidays are a great way to explore unique places. Here are five stunning fitness retreats from across the globe:

1. Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

Singita Grumeti offers a truly unique fitness retreat within the Serengeti National Park. Surrounded by vast plains filled with wildlife, this is the ideal environment for reconnecting with nature by focusing on fitness and wellbeing.

With a team of expert trainers and wellness professionals on hand, you can enjoy a range of activities, including guided safari runs and yoga sessions overlooking the savannah.

The Serengeti Girls Run is a fantastic opportunity for female runners to focus on their fitness in the middle of the protected reserve. Spanning three days and covering 63km — 21km a day — this exhilarating run allows women of all abilities to challenge themselves amid the stunning beauty of Tanzania’s most renowned park.

Participants can run at their own paces so everyone can absorb the beauty of the Serengeti on foot. Running burns many calories, making this a great retreat for weight loss and increasing your stamina.

2. The Cyclist’s Menu, Patagonia, Arizona

In Patagonia, Arizona, cyclists embark on a five-day adventure through some of the most breathtaking terrain on Earth, known as The Cyclist’s Menu. Participants traverse unique dirt roads with daily mileage ranging from 65km to 160km.

As riders conquer the rugged terrain, the rustic charm of the Gravel House’s outdoor restaurant greets them each day, where hearty meals await to replenish their energy stores and nourish their bodies. The menu offers options from locally sourced ingredients to mouthwatering dishes inspired by the region’s culinary traditions.

Against the backdrop of towering mountains and vast desert vistas, cyclists gather each evening to refuel and recharge. Whether you’re enjoying a hearty breakfast to kick-start the day or savouring a satisfying dinner under the stars, you can rest assured that every meal at the Gravel House meets the nutritional needs of active travellers.

3. Ultimate Fitness, Bali, Indonesia

Ultimate Fitness calls fitness enthusiasts to gain a new lease on life through their transformative journey. With a range of mixed-impact classes and excursions to temples and beaches, this retreat caters to those seeking physical challenge and spiritual rejuvenation.

From invigorating circuit training sessions to restorative stretching and recovery practices, participants move through comprehensive fitness programs designed to optimise performance and promote overall wellness.

4.   La Casa de Loto, Colombia

Amid the tranquil landscapes of Colombia, La Casa de Loto offers a haven of relaxation for those seeking to deepen their meditation and yoga practices.

Yoga is a fantastic way to reduce stress and manage pain, providing the perfect setting for introspection and spiritual growth. This fitness retreat offers a unique opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in mindfulness and cultivate inner peace.

The six-night program caters to all skill levels, focusing on Shamatha and Vipassana meditation, pranayamas and yoga asanas. These practices focus on strengthening the mind and relaxing the body. You can enjoy vegetarian meals made from local produce and get to know like-minded yogis. Silent retreats are also available.

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5.   Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz near the Swiss Alps is an ideal health and wellness sanctuary. It’s renowned for its healing thermal springs and world-class medical spa facilities. Thermal springs are known to boost vascular function and alleviate stress, improving your wellbeing.

With a focus on holistic wellbeing, the resort offers a comprehensive fitness program that covers every aspect of fitness, strength training and recovery. Upon arrival, you’ll undergo advanced diagnostics and consultations with expert physicians and fitness professionals to assess your unique needs and goals.

You can stay anywhere from four nights with access to state-of-the-art facilities and a team of dedicated professionals. You’ll also get access to a body fat analysis, basic core test, lactate threshold test and nutritional counselling to empower you to become the best version of yourself.

Start planning your fitness holiday

Push your body to new limits and explore unfamiliar surroundings to understand your strength, resilience, and potential at a fitness retreat.

You can return home feeling fitter and healthier, but also more confident, empowered and inspired to live your best life. It’s time to start planning your fitness holiday and embark on a journey to wellness unlike any other.

Beth Rush - Writer - SHE DEFINED

Beth Rush

This article was written by Beth Rush.

Beth is the nutrition editor at Body+Mind and has more than 5 years of experience writing about how to sample global cuisines sustainably. You can find Beth on Twitter @bodymindmag. Subscribe to Body+Mind for more posts by Beth Rush!