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8 Out Of This World Spas You NEED To Visit

8 Out Of This World Spas You NEED To Visit

Fancy whisking yourself away for a weekend of pure paradise, pampering and relaxation? Who could turn that down? It’s important to take out time from a busy schedule to completely ‘zone out’ and unplug from emails, social media and the stresses of daily life. Although, there might be an exception for the odd Instagram post to show off these amazing spas! It’s time to pack your slippers and your robe, because these destinations will have you booking quicker than you can say “massage”.

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    La Posidonia Spa

    Ibiza’s most impressive spa, with the most impressive views. Be prepared to have your breath taken away. With a cascading whirlpool in the mountains (yes, really!), known as the cascadas suspendidas, you will be at 180m above sea level soaking up the sun and relaxing in the bubbles. Take in the sights of the sea and sky, and casually let the world go by. When you can eventually drag yourself out of that heavenly position, why not enjoy one of the spa’s specialist massages? You’ll never want to leave.

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      The Spa at Canyon Ranch

      Want to truly escape the hustle and bustle? Why not head to a 150 acre ranch set in the scenic Arizona Mountains? More specifically the Santa Catalina Mountains, where you can embrace nature and the peacefulness away from city life and polluted air. Health is at the heart of this spa, and you can choose to also participate in the extensive range of daily classes, or if the sauna and steam room are more your thing, then of course there’s plenty of opportunities to relax!

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        Viceroy Sugar Beach Spa

        Based in St. Lucia and widely regarded as the island’s ‘spiritual heart’, this tropical paradise is truly what dreams are made of. Set amongst lush foliage and soaring mountains, guests will feel totally relaxed and can easily clock out of their usual worries and stresses. There are plenty of stunning views to enjoy, and treatments that will pamper your body. The relaxing royal bamboo massage definitely sounds interesting.

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          The Spa at Bedford Lodge

          Set in a traditional British Georgian building, this spa has tranquility at its heart. Offering relaxing spa days and weekends, it’s the perfect countryside escape in the heart of Suffolk. Take advantage of the impressive hydrotherapy pool and make the most of the range of treatments on offer, from hot stone massages to an exfoliating salt and oil scrub. In the summer, enjoy a relaxing long lunch or afternoon tea on the spa terrace and breathe in that clear countryside air.

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            The Spa at the Royal Mansour

            Feel like true royalty in this visually stunning Moroccan spa. A true paradise, the spa describes their guests stays as a ‘spiritual journey’. The spa is a neutral haven of pure white, and offers magnificent marble interiors and traditional Moroccan design. There are ten spa cabins in total, offering an array of luxurious treatments from hydrotherapy to specialist massages.

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              Lefay Resort and Spa

              With the stunning backdrop of Lake Garda, the mountain views and lush greenery to be found here are hard to beat. Based within 11 hectares of Natural Park, the surrounding view is rich in olive trees, gentle hills and woodlands overlooking a stunning natural lake. You can really be at one with nature at this gorgeous spa, and enjoy their menu of  treatments perfect for unwinding. Definitely a location to add to the list.

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                Les Sources De Caudalie

                Located in the French city of Bordeaux, Les Sources De Caudalie was designed by famous architect Yves Collect and is built with mainly stone and wood, giving it a natural and calming feel. The spa has its own private lake, and offers various activities for its guests as well as exclusive spa treatments. Enjoy a scenic bike ride, walking tour, or a wine your; yep, the wine tour sounds more like my kind of tour.

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                  Blue Lagoon Spa

                  One of the world’s natural wonders and must visit sights is Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. The exclusive spa offers unique in-water lagoon massages, and plenty of other treatments. Powered by 100% clean geothermal energy, this is one location that will truly astound you. It can get busy though, especially in peak tourist season so try and get there as early as possible to truly soak it all up.

                  Who could possibly resist booking a relaxing spa weekend after seeing these beautiful retreats?

                  Featured photo credit: Bedford Lodge Spa via bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk

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                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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