5 Health Benefits of a Wellness Retreat
A Wellness Retreat Can Provide Tremendous Health Benefits, Here’s Five:
It’s no surprise that spending time with Mother Nature, soaking up the sunlight and breathing in fresh air are all good for your health and well-being, but the reality is that most of us spend a majority of the day indoors—commuting, behind a desk, in front of the TV and on our phones.
All that time indoors, coupled with our high-stress lifestyles, can lead to weight gain, chronic health conditions, sleep problems, and an overall feeling of unhappiness.
The good news is that you don’t have to make wide, sweeping changes all at once. Sometimes all you need is a break from the everyday to totally transform your life, and that’s where a wellness retreat comes in.
A wellness retreat can be the kickstart you need to get on track with eating healthy and exercise, coping with stress, and feeling healthier and happier overall.
Here, learn 5 health benefits of a wellness retreat and why you should book yours today.
1. Less stress
Between work, family, finances, and health, stress is at an all time high in the U.S.
According to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America survey, 63 percent of people say that the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.
Another APA poll found that people experienced sharp increases in anxiety between 2017 and 2018, with more women (57%) than men (38%) who reported symptoms.
Spending time outside in nature however, is a proven way to lower stress and anxiety, reduce chronic pain, blood pressure, and tension, improve mood and boost energy.
In fact, according to a March 2011 systematic review in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, people who walked outside felt less stressed, more calm and experienced more enjoyment than when they walked in a gym.
2. Weight loss
Whether you have 5 pounds or 100 pounds to lose, there’s no better weight loss workout than one in the great outdoors.
Whether it’s a leisurely walk on flat, rolling hills, a more challenging trek through wooded trails, or an advanced hike through steep terrain and high elevations in the Green Mountains, outdoor trails can torch some serious calories— and it’s so much more fun than the treadmill.
3. Healthy and delicious food
Unlike many adult weight loss camps, with strict weight loss programs and fad diets, a wellness retreat offers a menu of healthy, whole, natural foods that nourish the body and help you learn how to eat healthy at home.
4. Education and support
A wellness retreat is also the perfect opportunity to get access to evidence-based health, exercise and nutrition information.
In addition to their core offerings and daily schedule, wellness retreats usually offer classes in fitness, yoga, nutrition and meditation and include massages in their packages.
5. Community and connection
The old adage, there’s strength in numbers, couldn’t ring more true than when it comes to a wellness retreat.
A group of like-minded people offer the motivation and support you need to stay the course and stay committed to your health and wellness goals while on vacation.
In fact, 45% of New Life Hiking Spa’s guests are repeat visitors. Most of them are solo travelers who meet others with similar wellness goals and keep in touch during the year. Meeting new people or even forging new friendships, is also a shared experience that can change your life.