New Life Hiking Spa, a Top Weight Loss Spa, Sees a Major Increase in Male Participants

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Male spa participants doubled at New Life Hiking Spa in Killington, Vermont in 2009. Most male hiking spa participants came for the 11 day weight loss retreat.

Men are finally realizing that weight loss spa programs to get healthy are not just for women any longer. In addition, we are an affordable spa and men love the hiking component to our weight loss retreat

Getting into shape by getting back to nature, New Life Hiking Spa reports that male participants in their 11 day weight loss retreat doubled in 2009. Weight loss retreat-seekers typically visit the Vermont-based spa from all across the United States and Canada.

Director and founder Jimmy LeSage, M.S. explained, “I believe the male participation increase in our program is because men are realizing that to lose weight and keep it off, they need to commit to a lifestyle change, not just a diet. Men are finally realizing that weight loss spa programs to get healthy are not just for women any longer. In addition, we are an affordable spa and men love the hiking component to our weight loss retreat."

Through hiking and other coordinated and facilitated physical fitness activities, wellness education, special interest programming, healthful cuisine and professionally administered body work, New Life’s Weight Loss Retreat lasts 11 days or longer and allows spa-goers to make real changes in their eating habits and lifestyles. Guests are educated about health enhancement, enabling them to take their newly-learned healthy habits home and implement them into their individual lifestyles. Shorter stay programs are also available, including a 5-10 day Jump-Start Program.

New Life offers three different levels of hiking every day, adjusting to specific needs while still allowing guests to be strengthened, clear their minds and increase cardiovascular and flexibility. In addition, New Life's exclusive menu focuses on weight loss, providing a nutritional balance of complex carbohydrates for the energy and fuel needed on an active vacation and enough protein and fat to meet individual needs. To assist guests in continuing with a healthy lifestyle after their Weight Loss Retreat, New Life offers cooking classes, nutrition and wellness workshops and individual counseling.

Mr. LeSage continued, “The clean, fresh air and the Vermont scenery is a wonderful way to jump start anyone’s fitness and health routine – even if it has been decades since you last exercised. Hiking is a fabulous way to get in shape and nothing beats the backdrop of Vermont.”

For 2009, New Life Hiking Spa had 112 male participants. Usually, New Life averages 50-60 male guests per year. New Life Hiking Spa is open for 18 weeks (mid-May through the end of September) and caters to approximately 600 guests per season.

About New Life Hiking Spa
New Life is a nationally recognized, affordable fitness and weight loss destination celebrating 32 years in business. Founded in 1978 by the director, Jimmy LeSage, M.S., New Life is one of the oldest and most established vacation package programs of its kind in the country catering to over 600 guests each spring through the fall season. Known for its exhilarating hiking program, a world renowned weight loss retreat, delicious healthy meals and a comfortable atmosphere, New Life Hiking Spa offers the chance to experience the peace of the outdoors in a down-to-earth, country inn environment. It is ideally suited for small groups, couples or individuals trying to improve their fitness level and eating habits, or for those who would like to have a healthy vacation. New Life is open each year in Killington, Vermont from mid-May through the end of September. New Life offers a variety of vacation options including a 2-4 day mini-getaway, a 5-10 day Jump Start Program and the 11-day or longer Weight Loss Retreat. New Life Hiking Spa was chosen by MSNBC.com as 'one of the top 10 destinations in the world to get in shape,' by Shape Magazine as 'one of the eight best weight loss spas,' and by Health Magazine as 'one of four great weight loss spas.' Spafinder’s Reader’s Choice Awards has chosen New Life as Best for Hiking, Best for Weight Loss and Best for Affordability for 4 years in a row (2006-2009). The 2010 season will run from May 20 - September 26, 2010. More information can be found online at http://www.NewLifeHikingSpa.com or http://www.WeightLossSpa.com .

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