1. Choosing the trip for the destination, not the activity
While it might be the pristine beauty of the location that first draws you to the trip, it needs to be the fitness retreat style – and scheduled activities – that sell you on it.
I lived in the mega ski resort of Whistler for 22 years and all too often saw folks who definitely weren’t loving it! For example, on a hot summers day begrudgingly walking through town in a wetsuit about to hit the rafting rapids. When really, all they wanted to do was find a nice patio and have a few drinks. They might have said ‘yes’ to a Whistler trip, but didn’t know rafting would be part of it.
In such a case, when you choose your fitness retreat first know whether you want hiking, biking, yoga, water sports.. decide on the activity first.
2. Not cleaning up habits before you go
Fitness retreats are highly active, and definitely not the place to break negative habits like smoking. You don’t want to be going through the withdrawal symptoms while trying to stay motivated to attend the daily activity. Make sure to change your lifestyle well in advance of traveling so that you can fully commit to the new workouts and activities on your trip.
3. Over ambitious expectation of yourself
Vacations are exciting, and naturally people want to do as much as possible while at the retreat. That’s admirable, but at the same time, make sure that you choose a company that leads you with deep understanding of fitness programming, to avoid overtraining and potential injury. Results on their website may not be typical. Significant change might not happen for you the way you hope – if you have your hopes based on unrealistic goals.
If, for example, you’re going on a fitness retreat to lose weight, write down everything – with quantities – that you’re truthfully eating and exercising in your current lifestyle. The past 90 days are what create your ‘average’ daily energy input/output ratio. You might think that you’re exercising regularly, but when you track, realize it’s only twice a week. With this data, your fitness programmer can calculate a realistic weight loss expectation based on individual caloric deficit at the fitness retreat.