If you're like us, the tail-end of each year tends to follow a predictable narrative. Fall is the season for over-indulging, our workout regimen wanes come winter, and any health goals we set earlier in the year are well and truly forgotten by the holidays. Cue end-of-year anxiety, and don't even mutter the words "New Year's resolutions" as the year comes to a close.
Rather than wait until December to kick-start a healthy lifestyle, now's the best time to remember the goals you set and take small steps to track toward them. Overwhelmed? Consider booking a wellness retreat tailored to your goal. The leading retreats in the U.S. take a hands-on approach to help you get back on track, whether it be via one-on-one healthy cooking lessons, a no-phone policy to help you disconnect from technology, or counseling sessions for you and your S.O. They'll help you get one step closer to becoming the person you want to be, just in time for 2019.
Goal: Disconnect From TechnologyRetreat: The Ranch
It can be hard to minimize screen time when you work at a computer and stay in touch with friends via social media. We know how important it is to disconnect, though: One study found that light-emitting devices disrupt sleep, and another suggests the mere presence of a cell phone impedes performance on mental tasks. While The Ranch isn't strictly a digital detox program, the goal is to "unplug from your busy daily life," and cell phones are not permitted outside private rooms. Located in Malibu, California, the retreat includes eight-hours of daily low-impact activity, massage, and naps, complemented by a 1400-calorie-a-day organic plant-based diet.
Goal: Exercise MoreRetreat: Canyon Ranch
Never quite got around to using that gym membership? Canyon Ranch in Tuscon, Arizona, aims to power up your workout routine with tailored programs for all fitness levels. The Outdoor Adventurer program includes a gait analysis, hike to Mount Lemmon's cactus-spotted peak, sunset bike ride, deep-tissue massage, and desert walks at night.
Goal: Eat HealthilyRetreat: Golden Door
This award-winning retreat is perfect for those looking to overhaul their diet and eating habits but aren't sure how to start. Golden Door's Healthy Cuisine program includes nutrition education classes, a weekly cooking class, and daily meals made from the property's organic farm, located in San Marcos, California. Nutrition aside, you'll also have access to 600 acres of hills, citrus groves, and Japanese gardens, 25 miles of private trails, seven gyms, and two swimming pools.
Goal: Learn a New SkillRetreat: Pura Vida Adventures
The monotony of daily life can leave you feeling lackluster and uninspired, so it's important to flex your mental skills and learn something new. Pura Vida Adventures hosts surf and yoga retreats in Costa Rica, with a three-to-one student/teacher ratio. You'll stay in a luxury beachfront resort in Santa Teresa, take energizing yoga classes in an open-air studio, and learn how to surf with a group of like-minded women.
Goal: Be a Better PartnerRetreat: Gottman Private Couples Retreat
Doctors John and Julie Gottman are experts when it comes to forming and maintaining healthy, long-lasting relationships and host weekend workshops all over the country to share their scientific approach. Their intensive two-day workshops take place at their home in the San Juan Islands, Washington, and focuses on building intimacy and managing conflict.
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