This entry was posted on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 12:27pm Spring and Summer are times of year when wellness detox programs abound. Think of “detoxing” not as juicing or starving yourself but as cleansing your, mind body, and spirit by treating yourself well. This means exercising in nature, eating healthy whole clean foods, doing yoga, and meditating. If you’ve never gone on a wellness retreat, it’s time to give it a shot. Be bold, leave your routine life, and escape to a special place! Fitness One of the most common reasons people go on wellness programs is to get fit through exercise (any kind!). After all, science has proven that being sedentary is about the worst thing four the human body. It increases the risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and stroke. If you are a person who has never been an athlete, gym rat, yogi, Pilates junkie, runner, Soul Cycle devotee, hiker, walker or swimmer…etc. it’s time for you find a physical activity you enjoy and get a routine started. If you are already active, don’t stop reading! Research also shows that cross training is the best way to get the body to its optimal state of well-being (think of all the NBA basketball players and NFL football players doing yoga these days). So, choose a retreat that offers a multitude of activities. Weight-Loss Many folks attend wellness getaways to jump-start a weight-loss program. It can be much easier to set and achieve goals when you’re away from the normal hustle bustle of your life. One of the most important necessities for dropping pounds is to de-stress. Stress creates imbalances in all the body’s systems. Notably, it causes havoc to our hormones, which control weight (cortisol, adrenaline, leptin, ghrelin). Calories and fat stick to our bodies when we are under excess stress. So, if you’re one of those people who pride yourself on being a constant worker bee or overwhelmed parent, think again. It might just be time to take a break, especially if you want to slim down. Allow yourself to enjoy a beautiful pastoral destination with an environment, activities and social group, which will support your mission. The people you surround yourself with make all the difference to the success of dropping pounds. Meditation There is no dearth of meditation programs for which you can sign up. Mediation is one of the more difficult things to do in life. But if you haven’t done it, it can’t hurt to try! You WILL see how challenging it is to turn off the chatter of your mind. But once you do, you will feel an incredible sense of peace and contentment. Science shows that meditation can be an invaluable tool for dealing with grief, stress, depression, illness and injury. The de-stressing effects of meditation can also lend to a more positive and optimistic attitude towards life. Finally, meditation breeds compassion, empathy, honesty and self-knowledge. Start your research and look for a wellness program that incorporates daily meditation! Socialization Retreats are a great way to meet new like-minded people. You have one thing in common from the get go; you are interested in your health. Because you’re out of the get-to-it mindset bombarded with responsibilities and obligations, you can take time to talk to others, learn their life stories and engage new perspectives that might just enhance your life. Another perk? You will make new friends you can visit in different places around the world. Ah! And if you’re single, there are of course retreats that cater to the soloist. You never know what the universe will hand you! Perspective We often lose perspective on our lives when we are immersed them. We can’t even see things for what they really are. Our minds get clouded. By getting out and creating space in your mind, heart and in time, you might see things differently. You might notice things in your life that need a bit of a fix that otherwise normally pass you by. You might also realize and learn how to actually change them. Creativity There is nothing like time, natural beauty, new places, fresh people, foreign flavors and a life of health and wellness to promote creativity. When we are confronted with the new, our senses and observational skills become heightened and we can be struck with unexpected inspiration. You’d be amazed by how much you miss in your daily life. So if you are looking for a Eureka moment to bring to back to work or need a new idea for your book, art work, film or stock pick, go away to where you can listen to birds chirping, water flowing, the trail ground crunching under your feet and the wind softly blowing.