Vacations help people rejuvenate themselves by escaping the stresses of work and everyday life.
But growing numbers of Americans also see vacations as opportunities to refresh and strengthen themselves in a physical sense by engaging in hiking, swimming, bicycling and other recreational activities.
“The vacation experience is increasingly about rejuvenating the body,” said Tim Deputy, general manager of Sun N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Fla., which features 600 RV sites, 810 privately owned park models and 105 park model rentals.
Last year, Sun N Fun opened an 18,000-square foot spa and wellness center with an indoor swimming pool, infrared sauna and steam room. The swimming pool is equipped with resistance jets for swimmers who want a tougher workout. Underwater treadmill and bicycle equipment is also available.
Sun N Fun also has a fitness studio for classes in Zumba and Yoga as well as separate rooms for free weights, circuit equipment and cardio (spinning) workouts.
As might be expected, Sun N Fun also has an onsite masseuse and sports therapist. But the resort also has another wellness center amenity not typically found in RV resorts: A neurogym equipped with computer programs and equipment that help people learn how to reduce their stress and improve their mental wellbeing.
“One of our programs is called Peak Brain Happiness,” Deputy said. “It’s designed for golfers and tennis players. We also have programs that help people quit smoking and reduce weight.”
While such extensive health and wellness facilities may seem like extreme investments, Deputy said the resort is trying to be responsive to the needs of its guests, who range from single working professionals and families to empty nesters and retirees.
“Many of our younger guests are interested in physical fitness, while many of our older guests are looking for tools to help rejuvenate themselves, both physically and mentally,” Deputy said.
Sun N Fun also provides its guests with access to body measurement equipment so they can keep track of their progress.
Other RV resorts across the country are also broadening their offering of health and wellness amenities and activities. They include: