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Resolve to relax, rejuvenate in 2013


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Date published: 1/20/2013

BY McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

In the haze of New Year's sequins and champagne, many of us make commitments to lose that last five pounds, give up that food we can't seem to avoid, or unplug from our smartphones.

Rather than trying to change patterns in your day-to-day routine, how about taking a trip that is conducive to making your new year's resolution a reality?

With five of the most popular lifestyle changes in mind, the editors and members of Virtual Tourist.com listed the "Top 5 Spots to Keep Your New Year's Resolution."

1. Focus on wellness--Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico: Almost every adult makes some New Year's commitment to focus on an aspect of wellness, ranging from getting more sleep, dealing with stress better, eating better, or exercising daily. Instead of taking a weekend in Vegas or spending a week drinking by the pool, what about a trip that forces you to modify your behavior and disrupts your daily routine?

Rancho La Puerta is a destination fitness resort, conveniently located only an hour south of San Diego on 3,000 acres at the foot of Mount Kuchumaa in Tecate, Mexico.

With morning hikes, calorie-restricted organic food, and a schedule of more than 40 fitness classes and nutrition lectures daily, it's impossible to leave the ranch not feeling healthy and rejuvenated. Casitas lack TVs, and Wi-Fi, cellphone use is limited to your own room, and the camaraderie at communal meals makes it feel more like fitness camp than a diet program.

One woman went over Thanksgiving break, and in addition to losing five pounds over a holiday when most people gain 10, she also managed to quit her eight-can-a-day Diet Coke habit.

2. Unplug from technology and turn off the TV--The Caribbean: With ample outdoor sports and gorgeous water, the Caribbean is the perfect spot to power down that smartphone and truly unplug. On St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Caneel Bay provides seven secluded white sand beaches to distract you from your technology, but also helps you unplug: there are no televisions in guest rooms.


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