Research indicates that prioritizing healthy lifestyle habits can add more than a decade to our life expectancy, yet it can sometimes feel impossible to change entrenched habits. Health resorts have been recognized as highly effective environments for helping individuals make profound, lasting lifestyle changes. Read on to learn how a wellness retreat at a health resort can be a truly transformative healthy lifestyle experience.
6 Ways a Stay at a Health Resort Can Improve Your Lifestyle
- It helps you establish the principles of a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
- It reinforces healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.
- It helps you discover the role of nutrition in optimizing health.
- It shows you how to exercise safely and consistently to achieve fitness goals.
- It eliminates routine stressors that can impede healthy decision making.
- It helps you create an optimized lifestyle based on health and wellness.
1. It helps you establish the principles of a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
We’re surrounded by a dizzying amount of information about what it means to eat, sleep, and exercise well. When watching TV or browsing the internet, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of voices weighing in about the latest health craze, sleep gizmo, or exercise regimen, especially when they often seem to contradict each other.
But when you stay at a health resort, your experience is curated so that you learn only from leading authorities combining their expertise in an integrative wellness approach. You won’t have to separate the wheat from the wellness chaff or puzzle over conflicting recommendations. Instead, you’ll get expert guidance, backed by science, from top doctors, nutritionists, fitness trainers, chefs, and behavioral health specialists dedicated to helping you develop sustainable healthy habits and eliminate unhealthy ones.
Because health resorts advocate a holistic approach to wellness—not a “quick fix” focused narrowly on one aspect of health—attendees are able to maintain positive health outcomes once they’re back at home.
2. It reinforces healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.
Although the duration of your health resort stay will be limited, you’ll leave with an arsenal of healthy habits that you can implement for life. This is particularly significant when it comes to diet. Whether it’s the fast food restaurant that beckons after a long day at work or the decadent dessert being passed around the table when you’re already full, modern life bombards us with dietary temptation. The strategies you develop at a health resort can help you see that a balanced diet is more flexible, satisfying, and easy to maintain than you think.
Suboptimal eating habits can be extremely hard to break, particularly when they have become entrenched early in life. Furthermore, many “quick fix” diets don’t recognize the importance of holistic health, which shows that the whole of wellness is greater than the sum of its parts. Poor mental health can also have detrimental effects on a healthy eating regimen. Health resorts don’t peddle fad diets or miracle pills. Instead, they show that the key to healthy eating is balance, consistency, and taking care of your whole self—body and mind.
3. It helps you discover the role of nutrition in optimizing health.
Most of us have a general understanding that proper nutrition is important to our health. But how many of us know exactly what that means and how to attain it? A wellness retreat gives you the time and resources to learn the nuts and bolts of nutrition, including how they interface with any health conditions you may have.
At Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, guests learn from world-class chefs how to prepare their own healthy meals, and have the opportunity to take nutrition classes with renowned nutritionist Kimberly Gomer. Guests not only find out how nutrition elements such as vitamins, fats, and carbohydrates affect their physical and mental health; they also gain the opportunity to put what they’ve learned to use in real-world situations such as eating out, supermarket shopping, and meal planning.
4. It shows you how to exercise safely and consistently to achieve fitness goals.
You are likely aware that fitness is important, but may lack the specific knowledge that would help you create and maintain an exercise regimen that works for you. You may have become discouraged after trying a type of exercise that’s too intense or—in extreme cases—has resulted in injury.
Although our overall health is certainly affected by our genes, research shows that a healthy lifestyle has a greater impact on cardiovascular health than genetics. Fitness specialists at a health resort can help you learn how to exercise within your limits, finding a regimen that you’ll both enjoy and be able to complete safely and consistently in your day-to-day life. You’ll also learn how to set goals to keep you motivated down the road as your fitness level improves.
5. It eliminates routine stressors that can impede healthy decision making.
The road to an unhealthy lifestyle is paved with good intentions. No matter how much we may recognize the importance of making good choices such as a balanced diet and regular exercise, our busy lives and multiple responsibilities often get in the way. But for all of us—even those with chronic health conditions—a healthy lifestyle is linked with longevity.
When you book a stay at a health resort, you’re pledging to press a “mute” button on everything other than your own wellness. By taking yourself out of your typical environment, you distance yourself from the daily chores and stressors that steal so much of your time and energy, allowing yourself to focus only on what your body and mind needs. It’s far easier to develop positive new habits when you quiet the noise of daily life. What’s more, you’ll be immersed in an environment filled with others who share your wellness goals.
6. It helps you create an optimized lifestyle based on health and wellness.
Health resorts offer the chance to embark on a healthy lifestyle that has been tailored specifically to you. In these settings, a range of trusted experts across the wellness spectrum will assess the full picture of your health in a supportive, judgement-free environment to help you create lasting positive habits for physical and mental wellness.
Studies reveal that even for people over 70, making lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthy diet and starting a regular fitness regimen improve longevity significantly. A wellness retreat at a health resort can arm you with the knowledge and real-world practice to optimize your lifestyle for years to come.