Sweat, blood and tears, or at least the first and possibly the latter, is arguably what it takes to keep your body and mind in tip-top shape. Here are the benefits you can experience from raising your heart rate at a health retreat and how it can set you up for a successful year of exercise.

According to plastic surgeon Maxwell Maltz’s book, Psycho-Cybernetics, published in the 60s, it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Fast forward over half a century and the 21 days have been questioned and debated and recent studies indicate that it, in fact, takes more like 66 days to form a new habit.

66 days, that’s around two months. “That’s a long time “, you might say. Yes, eight weeks do sound a bit daunting.

So how can we get the ball rolling and get ourselves on the right fitness path and kickstart a new healthy habit? The answer is – visit a health retreat!

Instead of a flop-and-drop holiday, bite the bullet and book yourself into an active retreat. Pick a wellness holiday that offers activities that you actually enjoy (no need to make it harder than it has to be).

The good news, apart from you being able to sweat and work yourself into a new healthy habit, there are plenty of health retreats out there and there’s no need to even bring a travel companion (unless you want to). In fact, wellness and fitness holidays have been on the rise over the last few years, and as a result, solo friendly health retreats are scattered across several destinations.

Whether you are looking to de-stress, increase your fitness, seek spiritual tranquillity with yoga, play sports or get motivated to lose weight, there is a health retreat out there to meet your needs.

Here are some of the benefits you will experience after visiting a health retreat;


1. Stress relief


Scientists have found that regular aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of stress.


2. Better sleep


Exercise and physical activities produce endorphins, chemicals in the brain acting as natural painkillers, which improves the ability to sleep.


3. Boost happiness level


The chemical dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain which helps us feel pleasure and happiness. By exercising you increase your brain’s dopamine production and, voila – you become happy/happier!


4. Increase strength and flexibility


Simply put, activities that lengthen and stretches your muscles can help you prevent injuries and back pain. This is especially beneficial if you have a desk- job spending the majority of your day sitting down.

So let’s go back to the 66 days it takes to develop a new habit. If you can spend seven days, early in the year at a health retreat, you are most likely increasing your chances to kickstart that two-month transformational process sooner rather than later.

C’mon, put those trainers on, pack that gym bag and book your health retreat holiday today!

Visit www.komuneresorts.com for yoga, fitness and surf programs in Australia and Bali. 

Contact Health & Fitness Holiday for booking information. 

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