Whether your Spa Girls getaway lasts one day or one week, remember, this is simply the beginning. The payoffs come later.
Set up a schedule to give the days a familiar rhythm, but keep it flexible so you don't stress out.
Example Spa Girls Routine
7:30 a.m. Wake
7:45 a.m. 15-minute meditation
8:10 a.m. 20-minute brisk walk
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Morning exercise program
11:30 a.m. Leisure bike ride
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Beauty treatment
3:30 p.m. Iced-tea break
4:30 p.m. 30-minute exercise program
5:30 p.m. Dinner (want to be done by 7 p.m.)
7:30 p.m. Group discussion
Choose workouts that will make the transition from special weekend to everyday habit.
Walking: Great because everyone can do it anywhere, it's aerobic and it puts the least stress on your muscles and joints. Bob Greene suggests measuring y our walks by time, not distance. Start with 30 minutes, slowly building your pace and going farther. Drink plenty of water throughout.
Crunches: At some point every morning, gather everyone for crunches, the most important exercise you can do because it enhances all your other activities by strengthening your torso, which helps stabilize your body. Bob suggests a daily 5-minute routine of four to five sets of 15 repetitions. Mix basic crunches with variations—twisting your trunk from left to right; raising your bent legs in the air.
60 Minutes of Hard Exercise: Rotate among cardiovascular equipment and aerobic stations like jumping rope or boxing. If you don't have a cardio machine, rentals are available at gym-supply stores. Keep costs down and head to a nearby track or find some real stairs to climb.
Basic equipment you'll need:
Let's face it, when you're working out hard all day, meals become a huge focus. Let the Spa Girl who's passionate about cooking act as head chef. Create menus based on a healthy, balanced eating plan. Make a grid of the weekend's menus and post it where everyone can savor it.
Chef Art Smith suggests:
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