Summer is the perfect time to reignite health goals
Posted on June 1, 2018
New Year’s resolutions set with the healthiest of intentions often don’t make it past the first month or two. But, it’s never too late to kick start them — there are plenty of ways to reset goals, whether for weight loss, mental clarity, relaxation, healthier eating, or a combination of them all. We share a few ways to get back on the path to wellness.
Life can sometimes fly by at lightning speed. If you find yourself in a whirlwind of stress and unhealthy habits, it might be time to step back and hit the reset button. According to experts at the Chopra Center, located on the grounds of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, the seeds of chronic illness are planted years before the first symptoms occur, so it’s imperative to break the cycle and take charge of your health and happiness. Guided by Deepak Chopra, world-renowned pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine and personal transformation, the center’s four-day wellness retreat, Living in Balance, which takes place August 2-5, will change lives by offering new techniques to eat better, sleep better, and live stress-free. Participants receive personalized practices to balance and heal each unique mind-body type, as well as a revolutionary new plan to supercharge immunity and stay well for life. Use code BALANCE to save $200 off the package cost. 760.494.1639, chopra.com
For those looking for rigorous, comprehensive weight loss and fitness programs, nearby neighbor PFC Fitness Camp at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa may be the right fit. The physician-designed programs center around the motto: Think, Eat, Move. Its team of physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, and fitness experts work to create behavioral strategies to help overcome obstacles, implement a motivation plan, develop healthy shopping, cooking, and eating habits, and learn proper fitness techniques.
Following a range of baseline medical and fitness assessments, and potential blood analysis, bone density scans, and physiological work through PFC partner UC San Diego, each client receives a very customized program. Standard weight loss packages typically range from one to four weeks. Even after completing the individualized training programs at the resort, the camp offers at-home support that includes coaching, a 12-week behavioral, nutrition, and fitness plan with meal suggestions, recipes, workouts, and goal setting, and ongoing communications with the PFC team to answer questions or provide motivation. This long-term outlook has helped a number of clients achieve targets of significant weight loss of 100+ pounds.
Although best known for its weight loss programs, PFC also offers defined fitness activities that partner with Omni La Costa’s spa, tennis, golf, Chopra Center, and culinary offerings. The purpose-built training facility overlooks the resort’s colorful tennis stadium court. The team takes advantage of its sunny La Costa location by incorporating coastal hikes, sea kayaking, and beachfront boot camps. More than a few celebrities have been seen taking part in the programs at PFC. 760.445.2700, premierfitnesscamp.com
From June 13 to August 22, Volar by Ana Nieto presents “Step Into Your Light,” a 12-week program designed to heal and transform addictions to food, drinking, and overextending oneself. Helmed by health mentor Ana Nieto, the program will enable participants to discover how to embrace their bodies rather than hide behind unhealthy eating habits, connect with feelings instead of self-medicate with alcohol, gain self-control and exponentially increase quality of life, and essentially become more authentic, conscious, and healthy. 858.465.0013, volarbyananieto.com
To experience one of the most exclusive, private, and exquisite health retreats nationwide, escape to Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, tucked away on 300 breathtaking acres in Vista. Though nearby distance-wise, guests are completely transported once they arrive at the French-provincial-style wellness resort. Accommodations in the 32 guestrooms and suites are luxurious, but don’t mistake a stay here for an idle vacation getaway. Daily customized schedules are prepared and delivered to each guest based on personal fitness goals, so there’s never any wondering “What should I do today?” A whiteboard in the resort’s kitchen notes individual preferences, allergies, and dietary restrictions, and nutritionists on staff are available to guide and educate health-minded visitors to make adjustments toward healthier eating. The 25 highly-trained fitness instructors at the resort lead 162 classes on-site across multiple modalities including spin, Pilates, yoga, and aquatic and dance classes. A world-class spa offers the reward for daily workouts with state-of-the-art amenities and therapies including a Watsu pool, Vichy shower, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, wraps, and massages.
Mornings begin early (6:30am!) with a challenging walk or hike along some of the resort’s ten-plus miles of hiking trails, followed by breakfast, workouts, lunch, and recovery at the spa — treatments are included in the price of the stay. The day concludes with dinner, and then a retreat back to the room to rest up before the next day’s activities. Three-, four-, and seven-night stay packages are available and run from $4,400 to nearly $10,000, but with a reported 68 percent return visitor rate, it’s obviously worth every penny. 888.373.8773, cal-a-vie.com
If you’ve hit your health and fitness goals (or are finally on the right track), it might be time for a little getaway with the girls. Book “You Had Me at Spa Day,” the perfect package for BFFs at The Spa at Rancho Valencia. Enjoy a day spent poolside at this Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort combined with spa treatments that include a bath soak, signature massage or facial, along with the hydrotherapy circuit, sauna and steam rooms. Order lunch at the pool (along with a glass of Cava) or linger by the fire in the relaxation lounge famous for its banana bread. The package, for at least four friends, also comes with 15% off purchases in the Spa Boutique. Fitness classes (yoga, Pilates, spin and TRX) are also available, as well as spa and fitness memberships for locals. Make a night of it with a spa-and-stay package at a discount. 858.759.6490, ranchovalenciaspa.com
From an energetic morning boot camp to a serene evening meditation, the Resort at Pelican Hill on the O.C’s Newport Coast is offering a day-long retreat aimed at restoring balance in our busy lives. The Day of Wellness, for up to four friends, includes a light breakfast served in the private Spa Suite after your workout followed by an 80-minute “Coastal Renewal” treatment that includes a body scrub, wrap and massage. After a spa lunch, it’s time for an inner journey—a personalized workshop designed to promote happiness and harmony. Follow that with a decadent facial, billed as the “Diamond Experience.” Feel like a million bucks after a day of renewal and rejuvenation? Celebrate with a bit of sparkling Prosecco. You can also book a room at this world-class resort, dine at the top-rated Andrea restaurant, and relax by the Coliseum pool. Stroll the beach across the street at Crystal Cove State Park, explore nearby Laguna and Newport Beach, or browse the boutiques of Fashion Island. 888.507.6427, resortatpelicanhill.com
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