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A Spotlight on Fitness Vacations

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Looking for a way to improve your level of fitness and expand your horizon? A fitness vacation may be just what the doctor ordered. After all, why work hard all year to stay fit and healthy just to blow it for two weeks on your vacation? Your time off is the perfect opportunity to experiment with new sports and fitness activities. There are many to choose from, but here are some of our faves:

1. Fitpacking

Fitpacking is a trip geared towards losing weight and building endurance through backpacking. Measurements weight, body composition: % of water, fat, and muscle, and metabolic age are taken before and after so you can understand the significance of your results. Participants are encouraged to push their physical and mental limits, reaching breakthroughs they never thought possible. For many, the most rewarding part of the experience is weight loss, in addition to the relationships they form and beautiful scenery.

Fitpacking is a trip geared towards losing weight and building endurance through backpacking. Measurements weight, body composition: % of water, fat, and muscle, and metabolic age are taken before and after so you can understand the significance of your results. Participants are encouraged to push their physical and mental limits, reaching breakthroughs they never thought possible. For many, the most rewarding part of the experience is weight loss, in addition to the relationships they form and beautiful scenery.

Interview with Bree Gotsdiner, Fitpacking’s Director of Media Relations

Why should you choose a Fitpacking experience instead of a vacation?

“Fitpacking is an incredible organization whose owner and staff genuinely care about each participant and work for Fitpacking because they want to and they enjoy it! All trip leaders are either SOLO, Wilderness Medicine Associates, Wilderness Medicine Institute, or NOLS certified Wilderness First Responders.

Fitpacking provides participants a supportive environment in which slower hikers can feel comfortable and enjoy themselves. If you love the outdoors, but are a little overweight or older and prefer not to be rushed, Fit Packing could work for you.

There are no austere eating programs with Fitpacking. You can and should eat all you want while backpacking. During your intense, yet relaxing long distance walk, you will carry all your food and gear on your back and

  • Lose weight
  • Get in shape
  • Rid yourself of stress
  • Increase core strength
  • Make close friendships
  • See beautiful remote places that cars can’t access”

What Fitpacking trip should you choose?

“Each Fitpacking trip is different and has its own strengths. Every trip goes through at least one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The trips each have their individual challenges, flora and fauna, and some have side excursions.”

When selecting a trip, what should you consider?

 “- Personal physical condition

– Wilderness experience

– Goals

– Length of trip

– Location

Easier level: I suggest the Florida Trip, which is coming up in Dec. 2012-Jan 2013 (http://www.fitpacking.com/2013/FT.aspx), the Cumberland Island trip (http://www.fitpacking.com/2013/CI.aspx) or the Sedona, AZ trip (http://www.fitpacking.com/2013/Sedona.aspx). These trips are great for people who want to jumpstart a major change, people who may have a little more to lose or who haven’t been active in a while.

Challenging level: the Big Bend National Park (http://www.fitpacking.com/2013/BB.aspx), Canyonlands National Park / The Needles, (http://www.fitpacking.com/2013/GNF.aspx), and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial / Black Hills / Harney Peak / Wind Caves (http://www.fitpacking.com/2013/BH.aspx) trips are much more rigorous and offer special excursions, such as a trip to a hot springs, cave tour and jet boat tour.

International flare: I suggest our Patagonia trip (which started Dec. 8th) (http://www.fitpacking.com/2012/P.aspx), The Jesus Trail / Israel National Trail which goes through Israel, and the Grand  Randonee Day Hiking / Hosteling trip in France.”

Book your Fitpacking trip for less on TourDeFIT.com today!

2. Sonki Fitness

When’s the last time you went on vacation and came home in better shape? Sonki Fitness can make it happen.

Sonki Fitness is an 8 day vacation that allows you to get fit in gorgeous Maui. Explore the beaches, hike waterfalls, and exercise outdoors. The unique experience offers you a chance for fitness and fun. Sonki Fitness was featured in Men’s Health Top 20 Trips in the World, made MSN.com’s list of 8 Top Trips in the country, and most recently won “Best Group Retreat” in the country at greatest.com.

Package includes:

–       7 night accommodations at Makena Beach & Golf Resort

–       Total body fitness workouts: Strength, endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility

–       Day: Kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, biking, scuba diving, horseback riding, windsurfing, parasailing, deep sea fishing, golf)

–       Evening: Dancing, live bands, karaoke

–       Ground transportation

Click here to check it out!

3. Summer Body Now (Maui Trip)

 

Summer Body Now is a program based on whole body cellular cleansing that is aimed towards creating healthier individuals and families. Instead of an intense “boot camp,” Summer Body Now leads you to health and happiness in a fun and obtainable way. The Maui trip brings you on: cultural tours, private access of the island, waterfall hikes, diving, and kayaking excursions.

We chatted with Jason Latas, Owner & Creator, of Summer Body to learn more about this fabulous Maui excursion.

How long have you been involved with this program?

“I owned an adventure company in Maui for 15 years and have designed literally hundreds of custom trips for clients. We have worked with weekend warriors, casual, and extreme athletes wanting to test their limits.”

What kind of trips do you organize?

“The trips we organize for the weekend warriors consist of a combination of modalities so our clients can experience many different types of health and fitness options.”

What is the schedule of a trip like?

Day 1– “Wake up to a well-balanced meal followed by a walk/run on the beach. After the warm up, we board a sailboat and head on out to our favorite spot to go snorkeling. Snorkeling is a great workout, and I like to teach my clients an old Hawaiian lesson about how to blend with life by pointing out the fish swimming alongside us. Later, as we’re sailing back to shore, I share with them techniques on how to tune into their bio-rhythms and balance their minds to blend with life.”

Day 2– “Wake up to a green, juice smoothie followed by yoga on the beach. Since this is a low-calorie day, we learn to make the mind/body connection and listen to our bodies to discover just what it needs. The day ends with Tai-Chi at sunset.”

Day 3– “Rising with the sun, our clients are treated to a higher calorie, higher protein breakfast. After a warm-up session, we lead them through some basic weight training techniques. We start with a lower body workout in the morning, followed with a mid-day break. Later in the afternoon, we have an upper body workout. The day ends with a Luau and some well-deserved entertainment.”

Day 4– “A low calorie day, our clients are served a lighter, juice based breakfast. We gear up as we make our way to hike through a lush tropical rainforest and swim in crystal clear pools fed by enchanting waterfalls. We spend the day communing with nature, meditating near the waterfalls, and absorbing the negative ions while getting in touch with our spirit.”

Day 5– “In preparation for kayaking and swimming, our clients are given a very delicious tropical breakfast with higher calories. We introduce the concept that getting a good workout doesn’t always have to be done in the gym.”

Day 6– “Following a nutritious high calorie, high protein breakfast, we lead our clients on a 12 mile hike through the world’s largest dormant volcanic crater. This excursion tests the cardiovascular system while hiking and exploring this otherworldly environment.”

Day 7– “Our last day involves some well-deserved rest and relaxation. We review with our clients what they have learned about their bodies, how to listen to and meet their health needs. We talk about how being fit and healthy doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym and waking up sore.”

What do clients most appreciate from the trip?

“Our clients leave this paradise with an amazing experience that has taken them to a higher level of understanding themselves and their body’s needs. They take with them ideas and inspiration on how to incorporate what they’ve learned into their day-to-day lives, and changing their lifestyles to better meet their health needs.”

What are trips like for more extreme athletes? “I generally customize trips to suit their adrenaline needs and adventure desires. We can customize almost any adventure you can imagine!”

For more information on booking a trip with Jason, email cr@tourdefit.com. Or to see a video of Jason’s Maui adventures, click here.

 – TourDeFIT.com Contributing Blogger Caroline Bulger

 

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