Several years ago, my life was a wreck. I was in my mid-30s, divorced, in a bad relationship, living in a new city across the country from all of my family and friends, and working in an unfulfilling legal career. I needed to make a change (read: escape), so I booked a spur-of-the-moment women’s surf and yoga retreat to Bali.
It may sound dramatic to say that the retreat changed my life, except that it did. So much so that a few years later, I started my own retreat company to provide women with a similar experience. I created my retreats to be fitness oriented—not because I wanted to help women lose weight and tone their glutes but because I discovered that when we feel better about ourselves and when we are active and experiencing new things among new people in new places, we do better.
While kicking off an exercise regimen to lose weight is a fine reason to attend a fitness retreat, look at the broader possibilities. Your body may reap the benefits but so will your mind and your spirit. You will come away from the retreat changed for the better: with new friends, new perspectives, new experiences, and a new outlook on your life.
Here are five reasons to attend a fitness retreat that have nothing to do with the number you see on the scale.