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With most of us guilty of over-indulging on our summer holidays, Rick Parcell, Master Coach and programme coordinator at The Body Camp in Ibiza, shares with us the benefits of why a fitness retreat is the perfect weight loss holiday.
Life is so busy and it is easy to lose track of looking after yourself because of work and family commitments, lack of motivation or even lack of knowledge. Bad habits can creep into your daily routine and effect the way you look and feel and sometimes it can be overwhelming to make the necessary changes to reverse this. This is particularly true when you have gained weight and today never feels quite the right time to start making changes.
The Body Camp's master coach shares his thoughts on the benefits of a fitness retreat
Fitness retreats, like The Body Camp, are run by a team of trainers, nutritional chefs, yoga teachers and other wellness professionals with many years of experience in their field of expertise. The programme has been designed for weight loss and fitness all with your well-being in mind. The team will work with you to help you set and reach your personal goals. The all-inclusive programme puts you in a controlled environment where you won’t have the temptations of normal life around you, to give you the best possible chance of success.
Let’s face it, making lifestyle changes is not always easy, so there may be times when you will need external support and motivation to help you make the right choices or to pick you up emotionally. Even getting to the end of your workout may feel hard some days. The professional team is with you all the way to gently support and guide you, plus they will provide you with the tools to enable you to support yourself and want to make the right choices. The camaraderie and team spirit that you will also get from your fellow guests is invaluable support too.
Change the way you look at food at The Body Camp
At The Body Camp, we include sessions that help guests discover more about what triggers their lifestyle choices and then provide strategies to help build new habits. With food, for example, there can be many reasons to eat that aren’t anything to do with hunger, such as emotional eating. Guests will identify their emotional triggers and then be taught simple strategies to use when they return home to help keep them on track, for example, rewarding themselves with enjoyable experiences rather than food or alcohol. We also have cookery lessons, so that the delicious food enjoyed during your stay, can be made when home. Portion control and meal composition are other important areas covered within these sessions.
Fitness retreats are generally located in gorgeous parts of the world, in luxurious surroundings with lots of pampering and evening entertainment included. Though portion controlled, the food is healthy, delicious and of the standard of many a Michelin starred restaurant. The week gives you the opportunity to focus on you and helps you to re-boot and re-energise.
Having lost weight and shown yourself that you can overcome obstacles, you leave feeling strong, motivated and looking your best. You will have had lots of fun along the way, whilst every day feeling and looking better. You come home feeling truly rested and relaxed and will have created new healthier lifestyle habits that will serve you well for the rest of your life. Don’t underestimate the transformational experience that a fitness retreat can give you!