What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘holiday’? It actually derives from the term Holy Day, which means that it’s time to break from work and to rejuvenate and reflect. How you do this differs from person to person – some people like to lie on a beach all day while others prefer an active holiday. It doesn’t always have to be a choice between the two and they both have their benefits. The most important thing is that you return feeling better than when you left. Wellbeing holidays to beautiful destinations can combine relaxation with fitness and sometimes be the best all-round answer.
Beach Holiday Benefits
The benefits of a ‘do nothing’ holiday are obvious to anyone who has a busy life. Kids, work, social life – it all adds up and sometimes it feels like you never get five minutes to yourself. A few carefully selected novels and a big beach towel are all some people need to have a restful and relaxing holiday. Giving yourself the eight hours sleep you need every night and enjoying food you haven’t cooked for yourself are just some of the benefits of a relaxing beach holiday.
Some people can never rest and even when they are on holiday they fill every day with sightseeing or adrenaline-fuelled activities. If you are feeling stressed about your very busy life, sometimes this is a good way to truly escape and take your mind off things. After two or three days of visiting the local attractions and paragliding, you can always head to the beach to finish your holiday with a relaxing swim.
Wellness and Rejuvenation
However, the best compromise is an activity-filled holiday which also emphasises the importance of relaxation and revitalisation. Wellbeing holidays to tranquil destinations are designed to offer you the exercise your body needs along with the relaxation it craves. Many people are hesitant at the thought of a fitness holiday, but actually it’s more about relaxing than anything else and it doesn’t involve exercising all day long. Imagine visiting one of the world’s most serene spots, such as the Himalayas or the Seychelles, for a week of yoga, spa treatments and relaxation. You’ll find that fitness holidays will combine activities such as walking, swimming and yoga with holistic beauty treatments and massages. Carefully selected destinations add to the magic- what better way to enjoy an Ayurvedic retreat than in India itself? Other relaxing destinations include Kenya, Thailand and Greece. Wellbeing holidays offer an alternative approach to health which includes learning, nutrition, exercise and pampering.
Active holidays don’t need to be tiring. In fact, the more exercise our bodies get, the easier it is to relax afterwards. There’s no better sleep than one which follows a morning of yoga and an afternoon of spa activities and good sleep is critical to overall health. While beach holidays are great to get away from it all, a combination of exercise and relaxation will ultimately refresh you the most.