Found: The Ultimate Health & Wellness Retreat — Plus, 4 Helpful Tips!

While you're probably being more active during the summer months (you have to make the most of it, after all), superfluous calories from copious fests and barbecues can negate that morning beach run faster than you can suck down a frosty margarita. But instead of tossing in your sandy towel and becoming a hermit for the rest of the warm-weather months, we suggest you skip town and re-evaluate your health and wellness goals instead.
The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa just launched a super-awesome, three-day wellness retreat that is anything but cookie-cutter. Here's how it works: Upon registering, you'll get a one-on-one consultation to craft an itinerary to suit your needs. Need to up the ante on the exercise? Done! Struggling with making healthy eating choices? No problem. Over the course of the retreat, you'll have daily consultations with a certified nutritionist, workout at least six times (from candle-lit yoga to swimming to strength training), participate in group cooking lessons, and treat yourself for all your hard work with premium spa treatments. Before you leave, there's a closing ceremony where you'll release a paper lantern into the sky to signify the beginning of your new and improved healthy lifestyle — even if it was just a tweak here and there.
So, if you're ready to drop that burger and take a road trip to recovery, sign-up for one of the upcoming sessions: July 21 to 24, August 18 to 21, and September 22 to 25. The retreat includes three nights of resort accommodations, eight nutritionally curated meals and snacks, three spa services, 10-plus fitness classes, two personal training sessions, and one biomat session. Rates vary per month, so contact the resort for additional details and pricing information.
If you can't make it, check out these easy tips from spa and fitness director Connie Woodhouse, the mastermind behind the retreat.

1. Shake Up Your Routine

"The summer is the perfect time to explore new ways of working out, whether it's bike riding, team sports, or, aqua Zumba. Create a game plan, learn how to properly warm up, and then get going."

2. Soak It Up

"Experts are always reminding consumers to drink more water, but hydrating your body should also include a healthy dose of sunscreen for your skin. Another way to incorporate water in your fitness routine; get moving in a pool, lake, or ocean for added dose of ions."

3. Know Your Body

"No matter what activity you choose, make sure to listen to your body to learn the difference between hard work (pushing yourself) and detrimental work (creating injuries). Learn from an expert or certified fitness pro to help you engage and fine-tune your wellness plan."

4. Breathe

"To keep your body going and oxygen levels up, learn a simple breathing technique for when you need a short break. Make sure to inhale slowly through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth."

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, 7036 Grand Geneva Way (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin); 262-248-8811.

Photo: Courtesy of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa


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