Ready to get fit this year? Ditch your smartphone for a tech detox vacation. Or push your limits at a weight-loss resort. Check out the top trends for getting on the health bandwagon this year.
Get fit, give back, and see a new city at the same time. According to Cheapflights.com, this year will see an increase in athletic volunteerism, a trend fueled by growing participation in mega sports events like the <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/sports/photos/new-york-city-marathon">New York City Marathon</a>. Biking more your thing? Check out events like the Ride to End AIDS, a 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to LA.
On a quest for quiet? Need to unplug from your gadgets? Resorts and hotels are answering our growing addiction to technology with <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/wellness-and-renewal/articles/best-unplugged-vacations">detox vacation</a> packages that promise not to have Wi-Fi or TV on isolated grounds, but rather wellness services like yoga and meditation -- all designed to quiet your mind.
According to a recent PetRelocation.com survey, nearly 1/3 of all pet owners planned to travel outside the US with their pets this past year. <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/pets">Pet travel</a> is likely to grow, as more hotels and airlines, such as Pet Airways, continue to make it easier to bring your pooch along on your next break. And since traveling with your pet guarantees a more active vacation, you won’t have to worry about hitting the hotel gym.
Want to take off work and pounds at the same time? <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/wellness-and-renewal/articles/weight-loss-resorts">The Biggest Loser resort</a> at Fitness Ridge, in Ivins, UT, offers healthy meals, a day full of exercise, the power of group motivation, and plenty of spectacular scenery with daily canyon hikes.
Fruit on a plane? For some airlines, yes. Air Canada and Virgin America offer the healthiest in-flight food, a recent nutritional survey found. Pictured here is Virgin America’s “protein box,” sure to help give you an energy boost on your next redeye.
When you think of taking a cruise, you may think of buffet food and unlimited drinks, aka a vacation of overindulgence. But in 2012, cruise lines are offering more ways to experiment with fitness trends or at least keep up with your daily workout regimen. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers yoga, Pilates, personal trainers, daily organized walks around the deck, and even pools with waves for resistance swimming.
Top US spas, such as Miraval near Tucson, AZ, offer more than physical benefits. In addition to helping you find your freshest layer of skin, Miraval’s spa services help calm your inner core enjoy with programs designed around mindfulness and self-discovery.
Hotels are feeling the pressure to offer healthier food options and better exercise facilities for travelers who don’t want to fall off the health wagon while on vacation. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts not only offers state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment, but also studio classes and personal trainers.
From Lasik to knee replacement, the high cost of health care is continuing to push a growing numbers of Americans to <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/wellness-and-renewal/articles/medical-tourism">go abroad for health care</a>. Perhaps it’s easier to recover from surgery, too, in tropical paradises like Costa Rica and Thailand.
Spas aren’t just for the girls anymore. Couples are choosing <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/romance-and-honeymoons/articles/romantic-spa-treatments-for-couples">romantic spa getaways</a>. Don’t worry, guys. Spas are making services more appealing to men, too, with less “girly” options, such as sports massages and gentlemen’s facials.