Fitness Boot Camps for Your Body and Mind

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Perhaps you’re currently seeking to kick start your weight loss, clear your mind and reduce stress, or experience new ways to stay fit and healthy. There are a myriad of ways to accomplish this, but one often overlooked solution is to book a bit of a getaway at a weight loss boot camp. Now don’t let the phrase “boot camp” deter you – while there are plenty of boot camps that are exactly the way you’d imagine when hearing that term, many focus on reducing stress and distractions just as much as fitness, leading to a rewarding and energizing experience.

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As always when planning any kind of trip out of town, the first thing to consider is location, location, location! Luckily there are dozens of destination boot camps open all over the world, so you’ll hardly have a shortage of options. For a few examples, there is The Ranch at Live Oak which boasts a rigorous and in depth program that includes daily hikes and yoga – and it just happens to be in Malibu, California. Then you have the Fitness Boot Camp at Red Mountain Resort & Spa in Utah, with offers a customizable experience thanks to their varied list of fitness classes, personal trainers, and luxury amenities, with beautiful mountain views. If a tropical location is more to your taste, Curtain Bluff in Antigua is a perfect Caribbean destination with fun and lively activities such as Zumba, water aerobics, and dance cardio. Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg, as other popular destinations include Arizona, France, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, New York, and Scotland.

Beyond the location, you need to think about what you’d like to accomplish, to find a boot camp that is the right fit for you. Some camps are more intense than others, and the amount of structure varies as well. You need to know if you want a more laid back experience where you can pick and choose what to participate in or if you’d rather have a set fitness routine that covers a large portion of the day. At that point, do your research to find which boot camps offer the type of program you are personally interested in.

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Keep in mind that making your reservation isn’t the last stop on planning to attend a weight loss or fitness boot camp. If you aren’t following any kind of exercise routine prior to your getaway, it’s a good idea to start before you go. Going from a mostly sedentary lifestyle to putting yourself through the paces will not be an enjoyable experience unless you give your body a chance to warm up first. In the weeks or months beforehand, fit in some cardio a few times a week at the very least to prepare. This is also a good time to get into the habit if staying properly hydrated, especially before exercising. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 2 glasses (16 ounces) of water at least an hour before strenuous activity. Once you’ve covered all the bases, it’s time to get fit and have some fun!