Fitness Adventure Travel By Mike Westerdal of CriticalBench.com
Everybody loves to take a vacation. For most people though, going on vacation usually means taking a break from regular fitness routines and healthy nutritional regimens. In fact, one of the biggest difficulties most people have with vacations is getting back to their regular activity and healthy eating routines once the vacation is over. Once back home, many vacationers are faced with two major problems:
1) Getting back to the regular training schedule.
2) Shedding the few extra pounds that were put on during the vacation.
With more and more people concerned about their health and wanting staying fit year-round, there is a growing industry that caters to people who want to take a vacation but at the same time, don't want to face any 'setbacks.' In other words, people who want to combine their desire to relax with their drive to be active. As a relatively new industry it goes by a number of names, but it's most commonly referred to as fitness vacations or adventure vacations.
Fitness Adventures USA is one such company that has emerged for the purpose of catering to the desires of the active vacationer. They offer a variety of different options for the adventure-minded traveler. Let's take a look and see what they have to offer. The company was founded by a guy named Scott Colby, who previously ran a fitness boot camp in Dallas for a number of years. Scott says that he has always had a passion for outdoor sports and that his new company—Fitness Adventures USA—is a way for him to share that passion with other like-minded people.
Each Fitness Adventure is unique, but all are week-long active vacations that provide participants opportunities to enjoy activities such as fitness boot camps, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, yoga, healthy cooking classes, motivational coaching, horseback riding, canoeing, wine tasting and more. Specific activities for each trip are matched to the destination. And after a hard day of fitness and adventure, all trips include daily relaxation time along with an option to enjoy a pampering massage.
Scott's first Fitness Adventure outing took place in summer 2010 in Estes Park Colorado, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Other destinations include California Wine Country and a Vermont Fall Foliage trip in the autumn. To make sure that every participant receives personal, one-on-one attention, Scott limits the number of travelers on each trip to 10-12.
Fitness Adventure is not just about being active though, it's also a lesson in healthy eating. The cost of each adventure vacation includes three meals a day. The dishes are not only nutritious, but tasty too. Each meal offers a variety of options that will suit the tastes of even the pickiest of eaters.
Comfortable accommodations are included in the price of each Fitness Adventure experience. For example, during the California Wine Country trip, guests stay at a Marin Vacation retreat home just 20 minutes away from the Napa Valley wineries. Guests at the other adventure trips also stay in luxury homes. Scott says that all of the accommodations he offers include panoramic views, gourmet kitchens and relaxing outdoor decks.
With Fitness Adventures USA, Scott Colby isn't just trying to help people 'get fit.' What he really wants is for each of his guests to have a true, life-changing experience. He's happy to report that with less than a year's operation under his belt, the feedback he's receiving from FA participants indicates that he's achieving his goal.
Scott is particularly proud of a gal named Lesa, who went on his Rocky Mountain Fitness Adventure last year. In her own words, Lesa says that her FA experience was the most "phenomenal, life transforming, positive experience" she has ever had. Her story is really pretty amazing. Lesa says that from June, 2010 to January, 2011, she lost an incredible 61 pounds! She lost 12 of those pounds during the first five days of her FA experience and has gone from a size 20 to a size 8.
Since then, Lesa says that she's become quite the fitness buff, enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking like never before and regularly taking boot camp classes. But that's not all—since getting fit with FA, she says that her self-esteem has skyrocketed and she's been promoted twice at her job! That, my friends is the kind of testimony that every fitness trainer dreams to have.
So if you find yourself in a rut or are just looking to try something new and exciting that will not only pump up your heart rate but perhaps change your life, you might consider taking a Fitness Adventure USA vacation.