The path to nirvana
Retreats from coast to coast show the way to bliss — or at least a smaller waistline
Location: 19 acres on the lake in Austin, Texas.
Dates offered: Most retreats are offered Thursdays through Sundays, June through September.
Price: Starts at $895 for three days and includes everything.
Information: 406-587-2390, bigskyyogaretreats.com
New Life Hiking Spa
Location: The mountains of Vermont
Best for: Hiking
Details: New Life takes advantage of its stunning surroundings by offering 21 different hikes each week. Expect to take a three-hour hike each morning, followed by fitness classes. The average person loses about 5 pounds a week, said director Jimmy LeSage.
Cool perk: Most of the hikes are along the Appalachian Trail, and you'll often cross paths with people who are in the midst of hiking the entire 1,800 miles of the trail. "You'll get inspired," LeSage said.
Dates offered: Most people stay one to two weeks during the May 17-Sept. 30 season.
Price: Starts at $1,500 a week, which includes everything from food to classes.
Information: 866-298-5433, newlifehikingspa.com
The Biggest Loser Resort
Location: Utah, California or New York
Best for: Intense weight loss
Details: Ever watch "The Biggest Loser" on TV? The resorts are based on the popular weight-loss show and aim to teach participants how to live a healthier lifestyle via intense fitness and nutrition classes. A typical day starts at 6 a.m. with stretching, followed by an assortment of exercise, cooking classes and hikes. The average woman loses about 5 pounds a week, and men lose about 7 each week, said Derek Johnson, the executive nutrition director at The Biggest Loser Resorts.
Cool perk: It's not just for adults here. Anyone age 14 and up can attend this retreat for a health jump-start.
Dates offered: Ongoing weekly cycles
Price: Starts at $2,695 per week for a private room. The price decreases if you stay longer than three weeks or if you share a room.
Information: 877-825-8878, biggestloserresort.com