An overflowing to-do list, relentless rushing. Sometimes day-to-day life can stack up against us. The team behind Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats have designed a beachside antidote...
Health is about the way we live, think and feel. Your body is a vehicle for experiencing life, so the greater your physical condition the better you will experience ‘living’. Exercise is the panacea that seems to protect both physical and emotional wellness.
Working out in nature is the ultimate antidote to modern life.
Even a 15-minute walk in the woods can induce noticeable changes to our physiology. Spend a long weekend immersed in the Atlantic elements and you really will feel the difference...
Barefoot beach runs
Running barefoot on sand allows your feet to move through their natural range of motion, which helps to strengthen both feet and ankles. Beach running – especially on dry, loose sand, uses much less impact force. It also strengthens your arches, ankles and other below-the-knee muscles more than running on harder surfaces.
Numerous studies have found that running on sand consumes up to 30% more energy than running on asphalt. It requires you to generate more force and works through a fuller range of motion, from your ankles to your hip flexors and arms.
Forget dumbbells and repetitive isolated muscle movements in the gym. The structured training Mountain Beach provide will wake up and challenge your body in a functional and primal way. Beach circuits, intermittent sand sprints and progressive whole body training methods will allow you to connect to the elements and reap all the benefits. Your mind and body will thank you for this.
The Victorians knew about the healing sea air. As early as the 1700s, doctors were prescribing trips to the shore or stays at “bathing hospitals” for ailments ranging from depression to tuberculosis.
Not only is the sea air is almost completely free from exhaust fumes and soot particles; the climate by the sea is especially curative to the respiratory organs and the skin. It also improves circulation and strengthens the body’s defences.
Sea air contains tiny droplets of seawater enriched with salt, iodine, magnesium and trace elements. Magnesium depletes the stress response, allowing you to take a hiatus from the busy-ness of daily life and restore your mind to a new level. Sea air is also charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen and balance levels of serotonin. So a few good nights’ sleep after long days outdoors will propel you to new levels of positivity, enhanced energy and overall wellbeing.
Hippocrates first used the word ‘thalassotherapy’ to describe the healing effects of seawater. The ancient Greeks appreciated the health benefits of this mineral-rich water, and bathed and soaked in seawater-filled pools and hot tubs.
As well as enhancing your mood, a swim in the sea can help increase your immune system function; reduce asthma, allergies and inflammation; restore essential minerals; improve circulation; hydrate your skin and, most importantly, promote overall wellbeing. Scientists also claim that bathing in salt water can increase the elasticity of the skin and improve its outer appearance.
The Mountain Beach girls will assist the brave... Even going waist-deep is a fantastic way to reduce inflammation after a hard circuit session.
Not only do the South West coastal paths provide breathtaking scenery for trail running; the path from Watergate Bay up to Bedruthan Steps provides great undulating terrain to ensure you get your body working.
We’ve already mentioned how trails provide less impact and prevent injury, but there are a host of other benefits to be gained. Trails change your running gait, getting you up on your toes and shortening your stride, enhancing your balance. Trail running and walking helps to activate and condition the ancillary muscle groups, providing stabilisation in our legs and core and allowing us to take the load off the main muscle groups used for forward motion. This again helps prevent injury but also enhances an effective running movement.
Cliff top guided hiking
The wonderful bays to the north of Watergate Bay Hotel can be explored on foot, avoiding crowds and giving access to secluded beaches at low tide.
Active recovery is an integral part of any training programme. Hiking on the cliff path, coupled with assisted stretching from the Mountain Beach Team, is a fantastic way to experience this. Not only does it help you recover, it also aids muscle memory, builds your aerobic system and muscle endurance.
Of course you have time for the ocean-view hot tub too…
Come and join Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats on the wild Atlantic coast on 5-8 November.
Embrace the elements, feel the sea spray on your face, sand beneath your toes fresh air in your lungs. Work your body and save your brain while you train…