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8 Ways to Make the Most of your Fitness Vacation

hike3Attending a Health Retreat or Fitness Vacation has far-reaching benefits that can impact a person for years. The idea of investing in a structured “healthy” vacation instead of the well-worn “all-you-can-eat” getaway is steadily growing in popularity and is meeting the needs of millions of vacationers looking to revitalize their health.

Because, really, who wants to come home from a vacation with a larger waistine than when you left?

The term “Wellness Tourism” is something you’ll see more of in the coming years as active baby boomers and younger generations seek healthy adventurous and educational retreats to learn new areas of growth and self improvement.

Structured programs, such as the one offered at Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat and Health Spa, go beyond the basics of a morning fruit smoothie and pool volleyball. Savvy guests are looking for services, treatments and consultations that cater to all areas of health, and they see the advantage of an on-site group of therapists and practitioners with varied skill sets.

Below are eight recommendations to look for in your next Fitness Retreat or Weight Loss vacation that will help ensure you get the most out of your stay. Of course, Mountain Trek offers all of these and more so go ahead and make that investment in yourself – BOOK WITH US TODAY.

#1. Private Yoga Sessions –Frustrated by inflexibility? Feeling lost in the crowd? Enjoy individual support and tailored advice outside the group dynamic.

#2. Kinesiologist Assessment – Suffering from poor posture, a weak core or shoulder, neck or back pain? Get an assessment and a personalized home program to help correct imbalances with stretching, re-training and revitalizing techniques.

#3. Nutrition Consultation –Meet with a Registered Nutritionist to assess your eating habits, address any symptoms and receive recommendations. Learn new recipes and eating habits to meet your unique nutritional needs.

#4. Life Coaching – Make the most of a credentialed Life Coach to support and mentor you on your journey. With some coaching during and after your program, you can better overcome challenges and set realistic goals that are in alignment with your transformation. (Mountain Trek’s program director, Kirkland Shave, is an accredited Life Coach.)

#5. Spa Treatments – In addition to Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage, take advantage of treatments you’ve never had, and you’ll be amazed at how skilled therapists can heal what ails you.

A) Reflexology: applied pressure to meridian points on the feet to promote the clearing of energetic pathways and deep relaxation for the whole body.

B) Cranial Sacral Therapy: a gentle, yet powerful treatment that can release the deeply held patterns of pain or disease, which accumulates throughout life as a result of injury and illness.

C) Myofascial Release: an effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

These are just some of the ways to augment your Fitness Vacation program and start your road back to excellent health. Don’t delay! Start your journey today by contacting us at 1-800-661-5161 or by visiting mountaintrek.com.

Green Goddess Smoothie

This powerful green smoothie, fortified with kale is perfect for breakfast, post morning workout snack or workout recovery drink.

Still Starving your Body with no Breakfast?

a smoothie and a bowl of granolaDo you get by on just coffee every morning and react to a grumbling stomach around 11:00 am?  “Oh ya, I should eat something.”  If your last meal was the night before at 6:00 pm, you’ve gone all night and then most of the morning without any nutrition.  That means your body has spent approximately 12 – 16 hours without food, and a portion of a 24 hr day in starvation mode.

Soon your metabolism becomes trained to slow down and conserve energy for the daily “starve”.

It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason!  After 8+ hours of no food intake, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy.  Breakfast is crucial to switching off the starvation response and kicking it back into gear.  Not only is eating breakfast important but what you eat for breakfast is a key component for revving up your engines for the day.

Kick-Start Your Metabolism by Breaking the Fast

Here at Mountain Trek, we know that weight loss is not about “what you shouldn’t eat” so much as “when” and “what you eat with what” that has the biggest impact on your blood sugar balancing hormones.  Maintaining this balance ensures you have the blood sugar for an active growth-centered, “Anabolic” metabolism.

Breakfast means “breaking the fast”.  Within 30 minutes of waking, kick-start your metabolism by eating a mix of food groups to avoid a “starvation response” from your liver.  Have a smoothie with fruit, greens, protein powder, Omega 3-6-9 oil, flax seeds, and milk (or a substitute).  Or if there’s time, a hot or cold whole-grain cereal with a little fruit, and protein from nuts or seeds.

Related Article: Mountain Trek’s Granola Bowl

The important factor in your first meal of the day is combining foods that digest quickly into blood sugars (like fruit), combined with proteins and complex carbohydrates to give you a steady, longer energy release.  This avoids an Insulin response to a blood sugar spike that results in fat storage.

Our bodies need hydrating and nourishment after 8+ hours of no food or water.  To deny your body breakfast is telling your metabolism to slow right down and conserve energy.

So dust off your blender in the back of the cupboard, or get a new one that inspires you to use it!  Your body and metabolism will thank you.


What is Mountain Trek?

Mountain Trek is the health reset you’ve been looking for. Our award-winning health retreat, immersed in the lush nature of British Columbia, will help you detox, unplug, recharge, and roll back years of stress and unhealthy habits. To learn more about the retreat, and how we can help you reset your health, please email us at info@mountaintrek.com or reach out below:

Start Your Day with A Breakfast Parfait

Roasted Red Pepper Breakfast Frittata

I’ve always thought that frittata sounded like a sexy latin dance. At any rate, its a delicious way to dazzle your friends and family with a breakfast favorite that is simple to prepare and divine to eat.

Burn more fat: Skip Breakfast before workout (WRONG)

Saw an article on Yahoo! news describing a study in the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.   Whilst the catchy headline told me to skip breakfast, the research data did nothing to persuade me to give up breakfast before doing activity.  The study looked at only 7 healthy and fit youths, with only 4 of the youths showing only a marginal increase in fat loss but ALL the youths measuring poorer athletic performance compared to their established athletic norms.