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The BodyHoliday Corporate Wellness Programme

Are you feeling over worked, stressed and want to regain a sense of balance in life? To help combat this increasing and largely hidden phenomenon, The BodyHoliday has designed the Corporate Wellness Programme all with you in mind.

The Corporate Wellness Programme is a 15 hour training programme (spread over five mornings) that has been designed specifically for those wishing to take more control of their lives and establish a better work/life balance. It aims to broaden the psychological belief systems of participants and enable them to discover their passions, strengths, skills and talents in life and utilise them to their full potential.

In addition, it allows participants to examine their core values and belief systems in order to prioritise the more meaningful and important aspects of their lives. Coaching clients on living in balance, the programme will guide clients along the road to better health, the ability to deal more effectively with stress, set clearer goals in life and increase motivation.

This is a course designed for Executives who wish to:

Improve their health, deal more successfully with stress, have clearer goals and ambitions in life, improve their quality of life, create a better work/life balance, improve working relations and manage their lives more successfully.

It is designed for company members experiencing the following:

Lack of motivation, poor sleeping habits, better, fatigue, poor life/work balance, lack focus and direction with their lives, depend on stimulants, experience high blood pressure, headaches, digestive disorders and other stress related illnesses, feel overwhelmed with work responsibilities and have difficulties focusing and concentrating

Short term benefits include improved motivation, methods that will improve concentration, knowledge to improve diet, improve clarity of thinking

Long term benefits include improved health, better sleeping patterns, increased vitality, calmer mind, better relations in and outside of work, increased productivity, job satisfaction, clear objectives and goals in life

Course dates:  20th – 24th, October, 2014 (mornings only – allowing each guest to enjoy the other facilities that the resort has to offer from lunchtime onwards)

Programme Price: US$1200.00

 

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You can download a brochure here.

 

Realign. Refocus. Rejuvenate. Refresh. Revive.

 

The BodyHoliday Welcomes Oesteopath Jessica Lambert

jessica lambertWe are pleased to welcome Jessica Lambert to our team. Jessica studied Osteopathy extensively at the Oxford Brookes University where she attained her Masters in May 2014. In her final two years of study, she has worked in the University’s clinics treating a wide array of patients. Her time at the clinics also provided an opportunity to learn from professional osteopaths who come from different backgrounds, educating her on many different techniques and osteopathic approaches.

If you will be staying at The BodyHoliday soon, book a treatment at the Wellness Centre with our new practitioner to learn how  Osteopathy can make a difference in your life.

 Availability

9th July to 31st October, 2014

 

 

Use Your Body Weight

Many people think that they need a fancy gym and elaborate fitness equipment in order to get an effective workout. The truth is you really don’t need any equipment other than yourself and a little bit of creativity to get the blood flowing.

When looking at your fitness programme you should always look to master your own bodyweight before adding weight to a specific exercise that you are performing. For instance, you should learn to perform a series of pushups correctly before attempting the bench press. Once you master the pushup you can then move on to the bench press. The same goes for other exercises including the squat as well. Learn how to squat effectively with your own bodyweight before adding a weighted bar to the movement.

Not sure what to do or how to perform a workout with your own bodyweight as resistance? Check out our Total Body Weight Circuit performed right here at the BodyHoliday.

Want more life changing advise? See  Michael our resident Nutritionist and BodyAware Consultant when you are with us! Don’t forget to subscribe to BodyHolidayTV for more great fitness and nutritional videos.

Improve your Golf Game

Are you trying to improve your golf game? We all know some golfers such as Tiger Woods have embraced strength training as part of their regular training programme which has been a crucial part to his and other golfer’s success.

So what should you focus on to improve your golf game? I think the most important piece to any golfers game is to focus on the correct fundamentals of the swing. Look at hiring a professional to critique your current swing and see where you can make improvements. After the appropriate action is taken to ensure your swing is effective, let’s discuss what areas of strength training can benefit your game.

Golf is mainly a game of rotation, power, and finesse. In order to have an effective strength training routine you need to address all of these areas. You will never be able to generate maximal rotational power unless you have good flexibility through the hips and shoulders. In addition, you also need a strong rigid core so that your energy and power is transferred through the club and into the ball.

Check out our short workout here at The BodyHoliday on a few exercises that you can incorporate to improve your golf game.

Train with Balance

When performing any form of weight training we should always seek balance. What do I mean by balance? We need to work a specific muscle group and then the opposing muscle group in the same fashion so that we don’t develop muscular imbalances.

For instance, if we are doing an abundance of pushing work like bench press, pushups, flys, and incline presses which work the chest, and we are not equally matching our pulling movements like rows, band pull aparts, and reverse flys, over time we set ourselves up for injuries and muscular imbalances.

So ask yourself, are you training with balance? If not, make the change so that you can maximize your training in the long term with no injuries or neglect of any of the opposing muscle groups.

Need a switch in your workout routine? Try this upper body workout performed right here at the BodyHoliday.

See Michael our resident Nutritionist and BodyAware Consultant when you are with us! Don’t forget to subscribe to BodyHolidayTV for more great fitness and nutritional videos.

Workout Variety

It’s very easy to get caught in the same routine and find yourself becoming stagnant in your fitness programme. We are creatures of habit and once we start something we like it is unlikely that we stray very far from that routine. However, it’s very important that you add some workout variety and try something different every now and then.

So why should you vary your workout routine? Well, there are a couple reasons. The first is to avoid boredom. Sometimes we lose interest and stop exercising because we have become bored with our routine. That’s why it is crucial to keep things interesting. A second reason is that we have to create overload, meaning that we should be challenging ourselves and doing more than the body is used to. If we are not creating overload we will not progress towards our goals. Finally, a great reason to switch your routine might be to discover a new programme or workout that you have never tried.

That is why The BodyHoliday is such a great place to try an activity that you have never done before. Need an idea or workout to switch up your routine? Try this 100 workout that features 10 different exercises with 10 repetitions of each performed right here at The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia.

 

See Michael our resident Nutritionist and BodyAware Consultant when you are with us! Don’t forget to subscribe to BodyHolidayTV for more great fitness and nutritional videos.

Should You Stretch?

Some experts say “yes” and others may tell you, “it’s a waste of time.” So what’s the real answer? As with anything, it depends. It depends on what your goals are. I will give you some examples for both sides of the argument.

If your goal is to increase overall flexibility then you will need to hold static stretches. Static meaning that you will hold a specific stretch anywhere from 20 seconds onwards to stretch the muscle and increase flexibility. However, not everyone cares about increasing their flexibility.

So should everyone stretch? Not necessarily.

If your goal is to increase overall strength studies have shown that holding static stretches before a weight training session can actually decrease your performance. Same with doing static stretches in-between sets of your exercises. When stretching was done between sets a decrease in performance was noted.

Surely everyone should stretch after their workout, right? Well, again it depends. I would suggest that everyone take at least 5 minutes at the very end of their workout to hold some stretches. If nothing else it allows you to bring your heart rate back down to a resting level before ending your workout. Also, the muscles will be warm and have significant blood flow to them which will allow you to get the most out of your stretching.

So you’re saying I should quit my Yoga class? NO! Stretching can be very rewarding and can help you improve posture and perform everyday tasks much easier. Unfortunately there are no one size fits all answers when it comes to fitness or nutrition. Many time the answer is, “it depends.” However, if your goal is to increase flexibility check out some of our stretches performed right here at The BodyHoliday and subscribe to BodyHolidayTV for more great fitness and nutritional videos.

Don’t forget to see Michael our resident Nutritionist and BodyAware Consultant for more personalised  advice when you are with us!

Santosha

Practice Santosha on the mat and off the mat.  Santosha is ‘contentment’, being content with your practice, accepting what is and letting go of achieving the ‘perfect’ posture.  We are all too hard on ourselves at times and Yoga not only teaches us to be patient with others but also with our own Self and goals.

Next time you get on the mat, watch the breath, the flow and let go of forcing your body into a pose to appreciate where you are on the mat and off the mat, be content, practice Santosha.

Join one of Lily’s yoga retreats when you’re here with us and practice Santosha.

Are You Following Fundamental Training Principles?

I’m not sure where I heard this saying before but it has always stuck with me. “Methods are many, principles are few, methods often change, but principles never do.” If we apply this to fitness training there are many different methods in order for us to achieve our goals. For instance if we are doing Cross Fit, powerlifting, taking a group fitness class, or just doing our own workout in the gym, these are all methods of training. The saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat,” holds true in the fitness world as there are many methods of training.

However, what doesn’t change are the principles to training. Unlike methods these do not change and hold true for no matter what type of training you are currently using.

  • Progression – You must be progressing yourself towards your fitness goal. For instance if your goal is to get lean tone muscular arms, then using 5 lb. dumbbells for 3 sets for your entire program will not get you the results you want. Why? Because you violated the principle of progression. You did not progress. For instance you could start with 5 lb. dumbbells for 3 sets but then progress to 4 sets, 5 sets, and then heavier weights such as 8lbs. or 10 lbs. A good way to ensure progression is to start with the end in mind and then work backwards from there.
  • Specificity – Is just a fancy word for being specific about your training. If your goal is to become a better swimmer then your training is not going to be running on a treadmill. Cross training is okay, but your main focus must be placed on the discipline or targeted on the area you are trying to improve.
  • Overload – You must challenge yourself to more than you are accustomed to. If you are weight training you need to overload the muscles in order for them to grow and come back stronger. If we go back to the example of obtaining lean tone muscular arms and we have decided to use 5 lb. dumbbells for 3 sets of 50 repetitions we are violating the principle of overload. In this instance if you can complete the exercise for 50 repetitions the weight you are using is too light and will not create an overload in the muscle. As a general rule if you can complete more than 15 repetitions with any given weight, the weight you are using is too light and needs to be adjusted.

So there you have it! Make sure no matter what training you are doing does not violate these 3 principles. Also, if your goal is to have lean tone muscular arms like mentioned in the example above check out our Strong Arms workout right here at The Body Holiday and subscribe to BodyHolidayTV for more great fitness and nutritional videos.

Don’t forget to see Michael our resident Nutritionist and BodyAware Consultant for more personalised life changing advice when you are with us!

 

The BodyHoliday Cares

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The BodyHoliday Cares is the philanthropic arm of The BodyHoliday; born from its ethics and philosophies.  It is a non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainability through education, community and the environment.

Over the years; through the Barnard Scholarship Fund, we have invested in empowering the children of  those who ensure that your holiday is memorable – The Staff.  We see education as a means to not only better lives but as an essential part of our national development.

Beyond education, The BodyHoliday Cares contributes to the development of youth talent through sport.  Our island is precious and the key resource that we offer to the visitors to our shores.  We collaborate with major stakeholders to raise national awareness, reduce pollution, educate and implement projects to increase the protection of our natural resources.

We are asking to put your power behind this foundation by contributing your support. How? A US$1.00 per night will be applied to your bill that goes directly to the charity of your choice. This money will help us continue to set up projects that will have an immediate impact on the children and a long-term impact on the island’s environment.

We realize that this is voluntary so if you would like us to remove this from your bill we would be happy to oblige. Please contact reception.

We are hopeful that this serves its purpose of achieving your support. We thank you in advance for your valuable contribution.