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Men’s Health Week aims to raise awareness of the physical and mental health problems affecting men. This year (12th to 18th June) the focus is on belly fat, specifically the reduction thereof. Not only is this aesthetically more pleasing (especially for that summer body for the likes of Pride events), but reduced belly fat reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer and premature death.
In support of beating the bloat for Men’s Health Week, Health and Fitness Travel, experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide, share their top belly-busting retreats. From pulse-raising Bootcamp fitness in Portugal to holistic weight loss in India, these healthy escapes are the perfect gift for men ready to make a positive change.
Sri Lanka: Santani Weight Loss
In this brand new eco-friendly haven set in the rolling green mountains of Sri Lanka, nature-loving men can work up a sweat in the great outdoors, with everything from jungle Bootcamps and river swimming to explorative hiking and mountain biking in the lush Sri Lankan greenery. Combining purifying treatments with a personalised diet plan and a locally-sourced, detoxifying menu, this effective weight loss programme works to improve metabolism and shed excess pounds, while educating through healthy lifestyle classes to ensure sustainable results.
Portugal: Longevity Cegonha Country Club Bootcamp
What better way to shape up than on an energising Bootcamp holiday set in the sunny Algarve? From pulse-raising circuit training to testing TRX camps, this comprehensive 6-day fitness retreat is not for the faint-hearted. Healthy, cleansing meals will complement the rigorous training schedule, while detox and weight loss treatments are sure to boost results. It’s not all work and no play, as there will be plenty of time to unwind, with Osteopathy treatments and massages aimed at soothing well-worked muscles.
Italy: Lefay Weight Management
Overlooking picturesque Lake Garda, this luxury wellness sanctuary surrounded by luscious greenery and beautiful vistas provides a holistic approach to weight loss. Following an initial examination to determine energy levels and weight management goals, energy-balancing activities, such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi are combined with figure-sculpting holistic spa treatments, such as slimming massages and body wraps. Dip in the outdoor pool, which offers stunning views across the lake. The final examination provides targeted recommendations to help maintain an ideal weight long after the stay.
India: Atmantan Weight Management
In India men can shed the excess pounds on an energising weight management retreat. A tailored weight loss plan alongside personal training sessions will ensure trimming down and toning up, helping to reach an optimum body weight. Fun group classes such a TRX training and laughter therapy will keep motivation, whilst yoga sessions will stretch tired muscles and enhance the mind-body connection.
UK: Target Fitness Get Fit Fast
For those looking for an active escape without having to stray too far from home, this sweat-tastic fitness retreat will push sluggish males to their limits, with 3 action-packed days filled with 6 hours of fitness training. Set in a large country estate bordering the Welsh hills, there are organised hiking excursions to explore the countryside at its finest. Locally-sourced, nutritionally-balanced meals served up by a private chef compliment the intense training programme, ensuring a complete weight loss experience.
Antigua: Blue Waters Living Retreats
A fitness retreat on the paradise island of Antigua that will transform the mind, body and soul, while lapping up the Caribbean sunshine. Men can shape up with a variety of fun fitness activities to promote both physical and mental well-being, from kayaking, boxing and functional fitness, to yoga, Pilates and meditation. Nutritional, detox and weight loss seminars taught by expert lifestyle coaches will teach everything needed to know about living a healthier and more active life, encouraging long-lasting changes.
For more information on Men’s Health Week, visit menshealthforum.org.uk and to book any of the above retreats, visit healthandfitnesstravel.com.