Coming to Thailand opens the door of imagination and adventure. Going back in time as you visit ancient ruins and temples, watching the monks walk the street gathering alms. You’ll hold your breath in awe as you watch small framed men bathing their water buffalo after a hard day’s work in the rice patties. Seeing children run to school in matching uniforms to meet a day filled with learning and time spent with their class mates playing in the school yard. From sun up to sun down, their day will be filled with much physical activity.
The traveler on the other hand typically has another idea in mind. They are longing for R&R (Rest & Relaxation), sun bathing on the beach whilst sipping fresh coconut juice right out of the young coconut itself. Enjoying the breeze of the sea, as they read a good book; drifting off to sleep while rocking back and forth in a hammock under the cool shade of a palm tree.
However, there’s a new wave of travelers who are flocking to the “Land of Smiles”. This band of merry men (and woman for that matter), are coming to Thailand to take part in a “Fitness Holiday”. Many are coming with hopes of seeing results within a stay of 7-10 days. For the real brave at heart and those determined to make a life style change, venture to stay 1-3 months.
Modern day living has caused many to live a less active life style, partly because technology has made our lives easier. Fewer people are doing manual work and most have jobs that require little physical activity. The broom has been replaced with a vacuum, a washboard replaced by a washing machine; the list goes on and on. Many live a very fast paced life yet without much physical movement or exercise. We have become a sedentary culture. We drive cars to go to work, take transportation to buy our groceries, take the kids to school or for times of entertainment. Once we’ve arrived at our destinations, most of the time we are sitting again with hardly any movement at all. We spend hours in front of the television or computer; either for work or play. This in itself is keeping many if not most people stationary. Rarely do we get our heart rates up to the point of even creating a sweat. We wonder why we have no energy and often times feel sluggish, lethargic or have weight issues. Our diets have been formed to consist of fast food. Dining daily on cooked, processed foods filled with preservatives and the like. Because of this double negative many have found themselves facing obesity, illness and even disease. Inactivity is described by the Department of Health as the “silent killer”. However, many in the western world have had an awakening. They are tired of being sick and tired. For far too long many felt it was too late to reach a point of health. Now people are discovering that no matter how far they may have distanced themselves between health and fitness; it’s simply never too late
As a Certified Health Minister, I rarely discuss exercise. I try to encourage my clients towards physical activity; why? Because as long as you are doing something that you enjoy that burns off energy, that requires the use of your heart, muscles and an increase of stamina, then you are on the right track. Physical activity is one of the miracle cure alls that we have always had, but we’ve neglected taking our recommended dose for far too long. As a result our health is now suffering the consequence. If you want a healthy body then it needs to be maintained. If you don’t maintain your car, there is an increased possibility that it will stop working. Similarly, if you don’t provide physical activity for your body, it will slowly stop working the way that it was designed to. When creating a physical activity program aerobic fitness, strength training, core exercises, balance training, stretching and flexibility should all be a part of your overall activity regime. It isn’t necessary to fit each of these elements into every activity session but factoring them into a regular routine will help you promote fitness for life.
A “Fitness Holiday” places you in an environment to learn how to create physical activity routines, prepare nutritious healthy meals, experience ‘life coaching’ to re-think the way you think and more. You aren’t alone and will be with like minded people, which creates a team/family atmosphere to help you to be the YOU that YOU have always wanted.
Here are just a 7 great reasons to consider a “Fitness Holiday”.
- Control Weight
- Effect Your Mood
- Combat Health Conditions & Disease
- Boost Energy
- Promote Better Sleep
- Put Spark Back In To Your Sex Life
- Promote Fun For Life
Zina is the founder of “i AM WOMAN” and partnered with “Juiced for Life” fitness holidays. Educating others to discover health and fitness; overcome weight issues, sickness and disease. Want to know more. Contact: email@example.com