Make Health Your Hobby

The reason diets and New Year’s resolutions don’t work is because many people treat a healthy lifestyle as a chore. Instead, take control of your health from that center of passion and fun, and motivation will be less of a problem. Here are a few strategies and ideas to build that healthy hobby and keep the fire burning.

Cultivate what you already love to do: This is the first rule in any healthy lifestyle. If you want to boost your cardiovascular activities, but loathe running, choose an alternative that you actually enjoy and make it the centerpiece to your physical activity. If hiking, swimming or bicycling are more appealing to you, embrace it.

Invest in yourself on vacation: When viewing your vacation time through this lens, possibilities open up. You might choose a summer vacation at a health and wellness retreat such as New Life Hiking Spa, where you can immerse yourself in healthy living, with hiking, nutritious food and build new friendships with fellow travelers who also desire a healthy jump-start in their lives. On vacation getting healthy is not a chore, but more of something to look forward to. In addition to that, there’s the novelty aspect. New experiences stimulate learning, which will reinforce your new habits and give you a nice push ahead.

Be social: You already know that if you schedule a workout with a friend, you are more likely to show up and push yourself to complete a good workout. So you can see how joining a community and being around others who enjoy what you do can add a special ingredient to your healthy hobby. Whatever you want to build in your life, find a friend. Enroll in a cooking class or sign up for that hiking club!

Challenge yourself with new activities:  You can apply the concept to many healthy lifestyle activities. If your menu is getting stale, try new styles of food. Try an Indian cooking class or challenge yourself to eat a new healthy dish each day for one month.

There are so many ways to make a healthy lifestyle your hobby!  Why not start with coming to the #1 Destination Spa in the United States?  Book by July 29, 2016 and get an additional discount off our already affordable rates.

Happy Hours of Hiking Can Restore Your Mind, Health

It’s morning at New Life Hiking Spa. You meet downstairs after breakfast with your fellow guests. You collect fruit, water and your hiking poles. Then you gather around to hear about the day’s menu of hikes.

There’s a total of 21 treks in the Vermont countryside and up in the mountains, but there will be two or three to choose from on a given morning. You might choose a starter hike, an amble along a gravel road with gentle swells and hills, shaded by maple trees as you approach bridges that span wooded rivers and creeks. You take in the picturesque Vermont countryside and cozy farmsteads.

Or you might opt for something more challenging, something that will lead you along the Appalachian and Long Trails. Perhaps you’ll choose to shape and polish your quads on the brambled inclines leading to Killington Peak, one of Vermont’s highest summits, where a flat sunny boulder awaits so you can rest and enjoy in the expanse of green pine unfurled before you — and the fact you got there on your own power.

Whatever your body can handle, there is plenty for the mind and the senses of a New Life hiker to appreciate, with the rich scenery, gentle nature sounds and sweet air to serve as an antidote to a stressful life. Choosing to be here, on a hike, is so much better than staying home and running on a treadmill. The treadmill is a great tool, but it’s a boring way to get in shape. It’s hard work, mustering the will to keep going. Hiking is not boring. There’s no hopping off. You are in it, you must finish. As a New Lifer, you don’t have to lift a finger to do something about motivation, about making time. When you’re on that path, it’s “One step at a time,” as the mantra goes. Plus, you’ll get a much better workout, walking up and down steep inclines, along roots, logs and rocks.

Exercising outside and among nature does some wonderful things for the mind and soul. Research says so. It reduces those downward spiral-inducing ruminating thoughtsboosts memory, and improves concentration and focus. Forest therapy, as one study called it. Bonus: If you see something that inspires awe, that gives you a mental boost, too.

So, you see, you are built to benefit from this hike. You need this. Your path chosen, you board a van with your fellow hikers, and you’re off for your morning hike.