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Destination: “Fit”

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A winter vacation can be a great reward for the efforts you put forth throughout the year in different aspects of your life.  For health- and fitness-inclined ladies and their families, planning and taking a vacation can actually be quite stressful.  Many resort-style vacation options leave much to be desired in terms of healthy options.  It’s not uncommon to return moody, bloated, and (in some cases) five to ten pounds heavier.  It can be an emotional roller coaster- an experience not exactly ideal if you are after a healthy and fit physique!

There is good news.  As more people incorporate fitness and health into their daily lives, vacation destinations are stepping up and making staying-on-track while having fun in the sun, a little more enticing.  Have no fear, and jump right in to your winter vacation planning with our picks for the top fit destinations.

 

Mexico

Mexico is a popular spot amongst tourists, which means that there are also plenty of healthy options when booking your accommodations.  Some noteworthy activities for the healthy crowd include: scuba diving, zip lines, ruins, eco parks, and caves.

Top fitness friendly hotels and healthy accommodations:

Puerto Vallarta and Area – The beautiful 5-star Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is an all-inclusive paradise.  It’s easy to stay on track here with the extensive fitness class schedule, tennis courts and personal trainer options.  –  http://vallarta.grandvelas.com

Tulum – The Amansala Eco Chic Resort and Spa is a gorgeous oceanfront resort.  During your stay, you may attend beach boot camp, yoga, and more.  The evenings can be spent relaxing in your beachfront cabana.  This resort is a private, nature lover’s dream.  Truly relax and exercise your soul.  With only 25 cabanas you could coordinate a fantastic retreat of your own with family and friends.  –  http://www.amansala.com

Cancun – If you like to come and go as you please when you travel, than you may want to check out the Westin Cancun.  Healthy dishes include Pumpkin and Carrot Ginger soup.  There is also an in-house juice bar where you can enjoy fresh pressed juices and smoothies.  If you’re traveling with family, there is a specific healthy menu geared towards children.  With onsite parking, central location, gym, tennis courts, and pools, the Westin is a go-getter vacationers dream.  Check it out!  –  http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1092

 

Cuba

A warm-weather playground, Cuba is a fantastic option.  With many airports offering direct flights, it’s a very convenient destination in which to enjoy the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle and stay on track with your goals.  Healthy fact: Because of import regulations related to pesticides, Cuba has become a world leader in organic agriculture.  This means plenty of clean, healthy dining options!

Top fitness friendly hotels and healthy accommodations:

Havana – Take in the old-world charm and gorgeous beaches of Havana for an authentic, friendly, and active travel experience.  Book a retreat at the stunning Mhai Yoga only 15 minutes outside of Havana.  You’ll be treated to a wonderful, relaxing, mind, body, fitness escape.  –  http://mhaiyoga.com

 

Florida 

Florida is an obvious choice for vacationing and is a busy, fun, entertaining place to visit.  With all the ongoing family-friendly activity and the year-long favorable temperatures, Florida is a destination spot to consider at any time of the year.

Miami – With regular workshops and retreats happening daily, the Standard Spa in Miami should be on your list.  There are plenty of healthy eating options, and if you wish to splurge, some fantastic beverages and desserts.  –  http://www.standardhotels.com/spa-miami-beach

Delray Beach – A company dedicated to fitness lovers, Vita Vie retreats are hosted at the Seagate Hotel and Spa.  Classes include weight loss retreats (for beginners), Beach boot camps, and private coaching is also offered.  Check out the options for a fantastic fitness retreat.  –  http://www.bvretreat.com or http://www.theseagatehotel.com

Relax and book your winter vacation knowing that the skills and commitment you work so hard for at home will carry through to healthy choices while travelling.  A little bit of pre-planning and extra commitment leading up to your travels will ensure that your habits are strong and conducive to your success.  Research the area you are traveling before you go to scope out amenities you may like to utilize – food, gym, spa (if not at your hotel), shopping, and more.

Have a happy, healthy vacation!

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