A study by DoFasting, a virtual fasting assistant, Colorado is the “second healthy-aging state” in the U.S. In another study, Garage Gym Review analyzed data from six reports covering 1. Self-reported Aerobic Activity 2. Self reported strength activity 3. Obesity Rates, 4. Gyms per Capita 5. Internet searches for “gyms near me,” and 6. Internet searches for “home workouts” to rank the 50 states in order of the most fit, and Colorado topped the list.
Congrats to all the healthy-minded people of Colorado! If you’re thinking of traveling to Colorado, Below is a list of just a few wellness travel options in the state. All are Members of the Wellness Tourism Association and have met the standards of membership.
Garden of the Gods Resort & Club
Perched atop a mesa in Colorado Springs, the AAA Four-Diamond and recently named one of the Top 25 Best of the Best Hotels in the US by TripAdvisor, Garden of the Gods Resort and Club offers multidimensional concierge wellness services and programs at STRATA Integrated Wellness and Spa. A team of over thirty acclaimed, board-certified physicians and award-winning therapists across more than forty disciplines, integrate the best of Western and Eastern medical science with nutrition, fitness, meditation, and mindfulness coaching to provide guests with a fresh perspective, a greater level of whole-person wellness and a renewed sense of possibility. Editor Anne Dimon visited for this story Wellness Meets Medical at Garden of the Gods
Set in the awe-inspiring San Juan mountains of Telluride, Colorado, RESET Telluride is a luxury wellness and trekking retreat. Each weeklong retreat includes daily treks along with fitness, yoga, and meditation classes in the private RESET wellness center. Guests also enjoy decadent plant-based meals, restorative full-body massages, and oxygen enhancements in their elegantly-appointed RESET room at the Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection.
Run Wild Retreats
Colorado-based, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness specializes in trail running-based travel experiences that support women’s overall health and well-being. Programs feature mindful running techniques that emphasize running’s stress-reducing effects on the body and mind. Set in some of the world’s most inspiring natural destinations, each itinerary is an immersion in nature and wellness experiences such as yoga, hot springs, or spa. Run Wild Retreats + Wellness is an IATA-accredited travel company, winner of Runner’s World magazine’s 2020 Travel Award for “Best Women-Only Trips” and SHAPE magazine’s 2019 Healthy Travel Award for “Best Active Outfitter.” We spoke with founder Elinor Fish about Run Wild Retreats plus how she works wellness into her personal life.
Sardinia Zona Blu Tours
The newly-launched Colorado-based company offers guest an authentic experience visiting the sites and the people of the Blue Zone not so easily discovered on self-driven tours. Away from mass tourism routes, guests will gain access to ancient wisdom and life rhythms that can only be experienced through mingling with the locals. Multi-day Sardinia Zona Blu Tours are designed to help guests unveil the secrets of longevity, while diving into the experience including visiting a 5,000-year-old archeological site from the Neolithic period, taking an off-road tour with local shepherds, and drinking Cannonau wine under oak trees in the mountains.
Devon Combs is the founder and leader of the award-winning, Colorado-based Unbridled Retreats for women. She is a globally recognized Equine Gestalt Coach, inspirational speaker, and contributing author in the Amazon bestseller, Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women. Named “Equestrian of the Wellness World” by Canyon Ranch Resort in Arizona, Devon helps women find clarity and purpose through the healing power of horses. Her synergy with horses and expert intuitive coaching has provided profound breakthroughs to participants who have sought her help to unbridle their unlimited potential.
Colorado-based Travel Advisors
As the founder of Colorado-based Journeys That Fit launched in 2017, Mary Funkhouser is also a yoga, hiking, wine and active-travel lover, who designs wellness journeys for like-minded active/wellness travel groups who like to keep the trip a bit ’spirited’. Mary’s career in human resources taught her that those who thrive belong to communities that support each other’s purpose and aspirations. Active/wellness travel affords individual enrichment, but it also is enhanced through the connections made with like-minded people sharing experiences. Regardless of the geographic destination of the trip, Mary points out that the real ‘destination’ for each person is to return from their journey ‘f.i.t.’ – fulfilled, inspired and transformed.