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  • Anush Benliyan and Carolyn Meers

A spa debut and new health programming yield powerful results at three Southwestern resorts.

The Multiweek Stay
Canyon Ranch
Tucson, Ariz.

Owner Mel Zuckerman established the standard for opulent yet effective wellness retreats more than 35 years ago when he opened this flagship property in 1979. The grande dame of health resorts remains as fit as ever through such innovative programming as the recently debuted Discover Your Fitness Age ($370), which helps quantify the progress necessary so that one’s “fitness age” does not exceed one’s chronological age. For those compelled to make serious lifestyle changes, spending 10 to 30 days in situ can make a significant difference. Guests meet with an exercise physiologist (request director Mike Siemens, if possible) who will measure body composition and aerobic aptitude. Post-assessment, guests receive their results as an overall score that determines their “fitness age” and a customized exercise prescription that details not only the types of activities to pursue but also duration, frequency, and target heart-rate zones.

Guests can set the plan in motion during their stays: The all-inclusive resort offers about 40 activities per day to aid in achieving one’s goals. Siemens recommends a variety of workouts each week, including high-intensity interval training to build fitness and longer aerobic sessions to facilitate fat-burning.

Greet the mornings with sunrise yoga or a group hike, or mountain bike through the saguaro-studded trails. Barre, TRX, and aqua treadmill classes, aerial hammock yoga, boxing, and tennis and golf lessons can help improve biometrics, as can the resort’s healthy cuisine and cooking classes. Canyon Ranch’s blue-chip spa is the hub of the fitness wheel; guests are encouraged to use the hot tub and cold plunge pool to assist with muscle recovery. Acupuncture and other integrative approaches to wellness are available, as are appointments with dietitians, physicians, and licensed therapists.

At the end of a multiweek stay, repeat the fitness-age assessment to monitor progress and set new goals. Real change—and rejuvenation—can happen here, fueled by the talented and accommodating staff. (10-night packages in executive accommodations begin at $11,680 per person, with discounts available for 30-day bookings) 800.742.9000, canyonranch.com 

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