Forget about boring runs on the treadmill and get ready to explore a new sense of fitness that will change your understanding of exercise forever. From fitness retreats to new trends, the fitness industry is constantly expanding to bring something new and cater to all consumers.  We as health and fitness experts are always on the lookout for the latest in fitness, from smart clothing to game-like bike races in the gyms of London and Berlin. 

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Becoming a new parent is an amazing, incomparable experience, but it will also be the most stressful time in your life. Focusing entirely on your child’s well-being; there won’t be many opportunities for you to pamper and relax. There is no better time to take a wellness break than when you're feeling tired and exhausted. The good news is, there are plenty of family holidays you can enjoy even when your new born is around. Free your mind of diapers and milk bottles and unwind on a spa holiday, whilst child-minding staff take good care of your little ones. After a de-stressing spa treatment, shed the baby weight during an energetic fitness class or on an outdoor excursion to admire the beauty of nature.

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Forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel for 2017, we share the best travel trends in the spa and wellness industries. From holidays for a healthy mind, to specialist stop smoking retreats and full body-MOT escapes, discover the hottest new trends that will influence the wellness and spa worlds.

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With smoking rates continuing to fall each year, and over 250,000 smokers having taken part in last year’s Stoptober, we have seen a rising trend in specialist stop smoking retreats designed to help you quit long-term. Smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK, but quitting on home turf, whilst surrounded by all of your old haunts and habits can be tough.  Why not take your first steps towards breaking the bad habit on one of our specialist spa breaks, if the thought of quitting smoking by going cold turkey has you reaching for your lighter.

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It’s time to get to know the quadruplets of happiness: Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and Endorphin. Gain control of this fun foursome and you’ll gain control of your own happiness. Here, we look at how each one of them works and recommend a way to catalyse them into action on a wellness holiday to boost your happy hormones.

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Grab your diary as we share some holiday ideas to inspire you! Take a look at our useful infographic and secure more time off work next year and double your leave thanks to our bank holidays in 2018. Get in touch with one of our travel specialists to tailor-make your perfect wellness holiday today.  

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Known for its exotic flavours and tasty food combinations, Thai cuisine has massively influenced western dining during recent years. The chefs at Thanyapura have aimed to incorporate traditional Asian flavours in this sweet and sour dish. Aside from its creative, spectacular presentation in a hollowed-out pineapple, this recipe contains a myriad of nutritional benefits. The main ingredient millet is considered a ‘super seed’, helping to reduce the risk of cancer, detoxify the body and improve digestion. Colourful toppings, such as goji berries and pumpkin seeds, help to provide vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy functioning body. This tasty dish is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied.

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The beginning of the New Year marks the season for us to make resolutions for a healthier lifestyle. However, despite our efforts, most of our determination fades away within a couple weeks. By choosing rushed and unrealistic approaches like restrictive diets and monotonous workouts that promise quick results, we are not able to sustain the lifestyle we want and eventually fall back into old habits. Rather than looking to short-term fixes, we should focus on developing fun fitness habits that make us feel energised and happy.

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Even though cold, rainy days in Mauritius are non-existent, the chefs at Shanti Maurice still give you the opportunity to enjoy a hot, warming soup, whether at the retreat or back home. This hearty stew demonstrates that comfort food doesn’t always have to be unhealthy. The potato and sesame seeds will help you feel fuller for longer, whilst the ginger adds a nice, spicy note to the dish, whilst helping to reduce inflammation and warm your body from the inside out.

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While it’s inarguably the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas can become a taxing occasion for everyone. From the stresses of the season’s chaos to unhealthy eating habits and weight gain, ‘merry’ can easily turn into miserable. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent the unwanted side effects of the Yuletide festivities. By making small but significant changes, you can experience a jubilant Christmas that will not only make you happier, but also leave you healthier for the coming year ahead.

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For this beautifully arranged dish, the chefs at Paradis Plage were inspired by the consistently sunny, hot Moroccan weather that calls for fresh, light meals. Fresh, organic grilled vegetables, drizzled with virgin argan oil, are paired with crunchy lettuce and a colourful beetroot puree, making for the perfect delicate summer lunch or healthy side dish, bursting with nutrients and flavour.

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Steve McKeown Master of Mind Improvement

Therapist, Psychoanalyst, Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Motivational Coach, Business Coach, Life Coach, architect of ‘Dichotherapy’ and the ‘F.I.T. Technique’, as well as being an international author, Steve McKeown is a true master of mind-improvement, fully understanding the way humans are conditioned to think. With an unrivalled mental toolkit, he expertly guides both groups and individuals on their own unique journeys to massively-improved ways of thinking, thus helping them to realise enormous positive change in their lives.

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What is Marbella Club and who’s it for?

Before I arrived, I knew Marbella Club was going to be special, it’s one of those places where reputation precedes; a genuine “hall of fame” with a focus on tailor-made wellness programmes and excellent facilities.

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Shining the spotlight on fitness training in nature Eric Walters director of Wildfitness, shares the benefits of adapting our fitness regime to utilise nature.

With an increasing number of experts advocating leading a healthy outdoor lifestyle, that incorporates spending more time in nature and less time under artificial light, we might ask what’s the reasoning? What’s the use in exposing ourselves to the wilds of nature and its elements? Is this a new fad or a counter-culture backlash against the big, loud gyms just for the sake of it? Here at Wildfitness, we would argue not.

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With so many of us leaping onto the fitness bandwagon, it can very easy to become hurt by pushing ourselves past our limits. Mike Snader, Body Aware Specialist, at The BodyHoliday, discusses the importance of training your body at your own pace and not trying to run, before you can walk.

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Start today instead of tomorrow and make the necessary changes in your life to improve your wellness. Begin your journey on one of our intensive weight loss holidays in Europe aimed at boosting your metabolism to result in lasting changes in your body. Learn how to fuel your body correctly on your European slimming and weight loss holiday with nutrition workshops and start to feel the changes both physically and mentally on your well-being journey. Target those problem areas with productive high intensity workouts and invest the time in sculpting the body of your dreams. Wake up glad you didn’t prolong your journey any longer and continue to enhance your appearance, health and self-esteem.

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As temperatures drop, many people tend to fall off the wellness track. Balanced meals are replaced with sweet Christmas treats and the daily jogs get cancelled due to the freezing weather. But winter doesn’t have to put a stop to your wellness journey. Chase the winter sun and jet off to our ultimate luxury spa retreats to enjoy a deluxe wellness experience. Sample a selection of indulgent spa treatments, from organic facials, deep tissue massages to detoxifying body scrubs before enjoying a healthy feast to satisfy your senses. Whether a fitness fanatic, a yogi or just someone who likes to pamper in the lap of luxury, each of these spa destinations offer something different to suit all goals and well-being needs.

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Located in the rolling green mountains of Sri Lanka, Santani Wellness Resort is an award-winning spa retreat, exuding a calming, peaceful atmosphere that is ideal for a spiritual and holistic holiday. From 13-20th January 2018, Santani will be hosting a special 7-night yoga and Ayurveda retreat, led by renowned Guru, Sushant Pandey.

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The cuisine at Marbella Club focuses on nutritious, healthy meals that are perfectly light for a warm summer’s day on Spain’s south coast. This delicious ‘pasta’ dish does not contain any gluten or refined grains, thanks to the ‘courgetti’, making it suitable for those with a gluten intolerance or following a low carb diet. This completely vegan dish is bursting with nutrients, thanks to the raw courgettes, nuts, and plant-based parmesan alternative. This recipe is perfect for a fresh summer lunch and offers a great alternative to traditional pasta dishes.

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Despite being the most wonderful time of year, the festive season can leave some of us feeling stressed and burnt out. Between last-minute present shopping and the pressure of entertaining, there is often little time for relaxing and self-care.

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