Are you looking to enjoy a healthy vacation? If the answer is yes, you are in good company! Many vacationers are prioritizing time off for wellness and planning their vacations in places where healthy foods, fitness options, and stress-reducing nature activities are abundant. All of these healthy activities and more are available on the small Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos. The wide variety of wellness options coupled with the short direct flights to the main island of Providenciales from many major American and Canadian cities may be why Business Insider has named The Turks and Caicos Islands as the Best Caribbean Islands for Health Nuts!
What the Beach can do for Your Brain:
Have you taken your vitamin sea this year? Studies have shown how time spent at the beach can be great for our wellbeing, provide a mood booster, and help reduce feelings of anxiety. Why does the beach have this effect on us? There are a few factors at play, says Richard Shuster, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and host of The Daily Helping podcast. “The color blue has been found by an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace,” says Shuster. “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.” A study published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s journal even found that blue is associated with a boost of creativity. Scientific studies have also shown how vacations can reduce stress, help prevent heart disease, boost productivity and improve sleep. So why not take your vitamin Sea at one of the world’s top-rated beaches, Grace Bay Beach! Turquoise hues of blue, powder-white sands and tons of island activities to enjoy will create a healthy and healing vacation experience.
Why Turks and Caicos is Heaven for Health Nuts:
Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos, is a tropical paradise full of healthy cuisine, sunny days on the beach, and tons of healthy adventures to explore. Eat vegan-friendly healthy meals at The Retreat Kitchen in Provo, or grill up locally sourced fresh fish for a healthy dinner. Enjoy exercising in a gym setting or with a personal trainer at Wrightfully Fit, a local gym with two locations in Provo. Take a Yoga class at The Retreat Yoga in studio, or get a private beach lesson for a truly unforgettable exercising experience!
Exercise in Nature:
The island offers tons of outdoor exercising activities to choose from. One TC Villas favorite is Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP for short.) SUP combines balance, core power and shoulder/arm strength for a total body workout, all while enjoying the beauty of the crystal-clear waters. Kayaking is also a popular exercise activity on the island. Mangrove Cay off the Northeastern coast of Provo is a wonderful spot to take a tour; spot sea turtles, colorful fish, sharks and even dolphins all while getting some great cardio and arm exercise! Kite Surfing is also an amazing total-body workout that offers an unforgettable sea experience. Or simply walk or jog on one of Provo’s award-winning beaches for a great outdoor sweat.