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Do your New Year’s resolutions include a visit to a health spa?

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Moving toward optimal, life-long health involves regular exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep, and keeping stress levels low. Give your health a jump start in the new year with a mini-vacation to a spa.

When you’re ready to book a day, weekend or week-long visit to a health-promoting spa, consider the type of spa that best suits your needs. These are the spa options from which you can choose.

  • Visit a club spa to focus on fitness, and spend your days participating in classes like Zumba and cardio-boxing, and then relax and stretch out with a yoga or Pilates class.
  • Day spa visits offer a quick experience, but may not help you develop new habits that boost your health for the long haul. If you’re tight on time, a few visits to a day spa may help you get back on track.
  • For a true getaway, visit a destination spa. This type of spa generally offers longer visits, at least a week, and immersion programs that help you develop new habits like daily exercise and detoxing from salt and sugar. They will also provide three daily meals and snacks based on a low-calories, healthful menu. A perk of the destination spa: They’re often located in beautiful, relaxing settings, like the Arizona desert or Miami Beach. This type of spa experience, however, often involves travel to the destination site. If you’re wanting the week-long, destination experience, look for discounts and breaks on plane tickets or car rentals (like this Enterprise coupon).
  • A spa that features mineral springs can help soothe respiratory problems, digestive conditions and skin issues. Long used across the globe as a healing balm, the theory behind mineral springs is that by soaking in the mineral-rich spring, the minerals will pass through the skin, facilitating a whole-body detox.

You're not limited to a spa set in luxurious location that offers only massages and facials; health spas are popping up all over the country, offering visitors the chance to break free of temptations and focus on getting back on track with their health.

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