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Fitness Vacations to Burn Off Thanksgiving (and Ready Yourself For Christmas)

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | November 28, 2015

Fitness Vacations to Burn Off Thanksgiving (and Ready Yourself For Christmas)

PHOTO: Get fit on vacation with Austin Adventures and Reebok. (Photo courtesy of Austin Adventures)

Detox to retox? Yes you can this holiday season. If you indulged a little more than you wanted to over Thanksgiving and want to get back on track before Christmas, maybe what you really need is a fitness vacation – a vacation focused on exercise not a vacation from exercise that is.

From detox programs to fitness routines, when it comes to toning up while you are away or getting away to get in shape, there is a plethora of options. Here are some of the best places to burn off those turkey day love handles.

The Legendary Experience: Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch is synonymous with well-being and travel. It has expanded from a destination spa in Tucson, Ariz., to one of the best-known spa brands in the world with outlets on cruise ships, in Vegas hotels and in destinations around the world.

For a Thanksgiving detox, head out to its original locale where guests will find an array of outdoor activities, personal training offerings, cooking classes and metaphysical experiences. Canyon Ranch offers a full roster of wellness in a setting that is picture perfect year-round. Looking for a new you? First-time guests receive 20 percent off through Dec. 23, Jan. 1-Feb. 29 and April 1-Dec. 23, 2016.

The Adventurous Spirit: Austin Adventures Reebok Fitness Packages

Are you looking to push the limits of adventure travel and your own personal fitness? Reebok and Austin Adventures offer fitness vacations in Utah, Montana and Costa Rica. The Montana journeys depart weekly and explore Yellowstone National Park. Activities include hiking, trail running, wildlife spotting, group exercises and soaking in soothing natural hot springs. Get in shape from $2,598 per person on these six-day, five-night itinerary.

The Trendy Locale: The Ranch at Live Oak

Immerse yourself in an intense luxury boot camp in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains in trendy Malibu, Calif., to shed those unwanted Thanksgiving pounds and get back to nature and off the grid. Fill your days with the rigors of fitness with daily group fitness classes, four to five hours of group hiking, core and ab work, weights, daily yoga sessions and private afternoon massages. The one-week rate for stays at the ranch starts at $6,800 per person; six weeks begin at $35,900.

The Spiritual Journey: The Ashram

Transform your body, mind and soul at The Ashram in Calabasas, Calif., where you will hike and eat your way to fitness in a rustic setting, disconnected from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan living. Facilities are simple and informal and designed to get you back in tune with the natural world. One week at Ashram is $5,000 and inclusive of programs, meals and lodging.

The Fitness Retreat: Mountain Trek

Mountain Trek offers a health and fitness retreat vacation program that puts you on the track to wellness. They offer week-long escapes in Nelson, B.C., or Rancho La Puerto in Baja California, Mexico. Reconnect with nature on an all-inclusive program that combines health education and fitness hiking to reset, rebalance and realign your body.


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