This winter has been a particularly harsh one in Atlanta. A mixture of rain, sleet, and snow makes focusing on fitness a challenge for many. A group of women recently hit I-75 in pursuit of the warm weather, relaxation, and an opportunity to experience a variety of fitness experiences. They attended a wellness retreat called Breathe... for obvious reasons!
Upon arrival in Tybee Island, the Breathe sisters (as they eventually became known as) were greeted by YMCA group fitness instructor Dana. She led them in a heart pumping step aerobic class. After settling into their vacation homes, the ladies met up had dinner and fellowship at Marlin Monroe's Surfside Grill.
Saturday morning began with sunrise yoga provided by Tybee's own Ann Caroll. "It was incredibly cold but we hung in there!" said Jan. By noon, the crew was touring Cha Bella's organic farm; learning about the benefits and challenges of growing green. Each person was able to taste the vegetables and herbs right off the vine! Lunch under a big oak tree on the farm was a perfect way to bring all of the flavors together. " We had the most delicious chicken salad made with farm raised chicken breast. I have never had quinoa before and I am glad I tried it. " stated Beverly.
Later that day, the fifteen ladies climbed Tybee's historic lighthouse. "At 173 steps, it was a good leg workout! " says Laura participant and owner of Netherworld Haunted house. "It was nice to relax and watch the sun set on the dolphin tour."
What better way to end a fitness focused weekend then by dancing? From salsa to the electric slide, these ladies had a ball. " A Nickel Bag of Funk was awesome! I could have danced all night!" said pediatric nurse, Tomorrow.
Taking a break from the normal routine can rekindle wellness goals. The women on this trip agree that the experiences from their retreat left a lasting impression. Some renewed their standing commitment to a lifetime of wellness while others are rejoining the the gym for the first time in years. A few even came back to Atlanta a couple of pounds lighter!