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Beat a retreat in 2015!

The festive season is a time for pleasure and indulgence… and, for many of us, overindulgence! Things like ‘recommended daily calorie counts’ go out the window for a little while, particularly on the big day itself. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to just get back into shape and regain some vitality in one easy go?

Unfortunately, as we all know, it’s not quite that easy. But there are steps we can take to make a good start and more interesting than just resolving to use that gym membership more. Health and fitness retreats all over the world have become increasingly popular as many people opt for a ‘clean break’ combining a holiday and regaining fitness.

The Flexicover Team look at some wellbeing possibilities for being well in 2015!

Walk in the Alps

Combine the fresh air of the mountains with some hearty cardiovascular exercise that will leave you feeling fresh and wonderful! There are many providers, such as Tracks and Trails, who can organise tailor-made holidays to fit you. Choose between day walks and longer hikes such as the famous Tour de Mont Blanc or the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Regardless of ability, this is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh air, get fit and take in the stunning scenery, not to mention new cuisines and charming traditional villages. Kick start your year and head for the heights of feeling great!

Yoga in Spain

For an oasis of peace and tranquillity, as well as enjoying the full benefits of yoga, head to Granada City in Spain, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There are some wonderful yoga escapes where you can both take time out for yourself and meet like-minded people to share the experiences with. Many resorts offer classes or the chance to practice in the mornings and evenings, leaving the days free and energised to spend walking or riding through rosemary & thyme-scented hills, reading, lazing in a hammock catching up on guilt-free sleep or participating in cooking classes - a veritable idyll of wellbeing!

Ayurveda in India

Originating in India over 2,000 years ago, Ayurveda is based on balancing bodily systems using diet, herbal treatments, massages and yogic breathing. Spend a few days or weeks in a centre in Kerela, the home of Ayurvedic practice, and your only deadline will be getting to a massage on time! These retreats are very popular of late, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world for a thorough detox and rejuvenation. Treatments can also help in some cases of ailments from arthritis and sports injuries to obesity, immune deficiencies or skin problems. Visit Sreechithra Ayur Home, north of Kochi, typical of such Keralan retreats, and come home a new person!

Tennis in Cyprus

For a sportier break, combine exercise with a holiday in Cyprus for a real boost to spirits and energy. The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy at Aphrodite Hills in Paphos boasts world-class tennis facilities overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Set overlooking the area where Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love is said to have emerged from the waves, this 5-star luxury sports and leisure resort has 9 floodlit courts plus tennis professionals on hand to help improve your game. Choose accommodation from either the Intercontinental hotel or a luxury apartment/villa on the resort itself. Game, set and match for a great, active family break!

Boot camp in Cornwall

If you don’t have time to take a whole week out but still want to combine serious exercise, getting motivated and having a fun break away, then try a weekend boot camp in the countryside near the Cornish coast. Shoreline walks, body combat and ‘legs, bums and tums’ classes are just some of the activities you can get involved in! This kind of retreat is a great way to meet new people and reach your fitness goals at the same time. Spend evenings listening to nutrition talks or wind down in the hot tub or with a massage to ease those muscles that are bound to be aching. If fast and furious is your preferred option, then go here for the burn!

Wherever your travels take you and whichever retreat you are lucky enough to partake of this year, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.

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