The experience at a fitness retreat is a unique exception to the rule of caution telling people not to do excessive exercise. Horror stories of fatal rhabdomyolysis fuel this fear. In the unique environment of a fitness retreat, you overcome normal limitations that you would have at home. There are several key factors enabling a person to safely and effectively exceed their normal limitations. This can only be accomplished when staying at a fitness retreat.
When you are on a fitness retreat, things change. You’re not at work and you don’t have any of the responsibilities of everyday life. Your full focus is on YOU, your body and mind. When you need to take a nap during your recovery period, there will be nothing else more important for you to do. Frequent rest is not usually possible at home. On a retreat, there will be nothing more important for you to do other than train, eat and recover. You will enjoy much-needed downtime. Sleep, or read and rest while giving your body the proper recovery needed to resume.
The right intensity and duration of exercise done in a progressive manner is another key factor. That way, your body has a chance to rebuild during rest and recovery. Sure, you are doing far more than you were at home. However, the progression is gradual and designed so that recovery balances your efforts. In other words, you rebuild your body as you go. You should never feel as though you have hit a wall of complete exhaustion. Each activity session leaves you feeling a sense of accomplishment rather than defeat or failure.
Food is timed to refuel the body. The frequency of nutrition with rest periods is the focus of your day at the fitness retreat.
Reasons why you can’t train that much at home
Time simply does not permit the frequency of multiple exercise and recovery sessions during daily home life. You are required to attend to many energy sapping details and other responsibilities. Daily life at a fitness retreat allows you to depart from all of that. Of course, you can communicate with loved ones during break times. You can even remotely attend to your business and check on the delegated details of your home. The important thing is that you aren’t surrounded by the draining of energy and divided focus at home.
There is no place else you need to be when you are on a fitness retreat. There is no one else for you to concern yourself with. You are without the stresses normally experienced on a daily basis. All of these factors weigh on your ability to adequately rest and recover.
Without sapping your physical and mental reserves, you can raise the bar of physical limitations.
Exercise Variety and Active Recovery
The variety of different types of physical work increases your ability to do more exercise. Redundancy is not a problem here. A well-monitored progression can enable you to feel accomplished yet challenged. Avoiding overtraining is easy when it is done this way. You wouldn’t be able to do this at home. When you are at home, your one trip to the gym or trainer must count for the entire day. Too often people overdo it during one grueling session. That wipes you out and takes you down.
There you have it. These are the key reasons why you can achieve far greater results in a shorter timeframe at a fitness retreat.
Commitment-the final key
Consider the fact that you have made a commitment to leave home and invest in yourself. That factor alone can hold you to your highest standard. Building the belief in one’s own ability to fulfill self-promises transfers to your new lifestyle back at home.