Danang, Vietnam, December 19, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The New Year is the perfect time to embark on a new era of healthy, active living. To help, the wellness and culinary experts at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, the five-star resort in Central Vietnam, have shared their top tips and recommended activities that will enable everybody to enhance their physical and mental and wellbeing in 2023.
“Many people make New Year’s resolutions, but all too often these good intentions don’t last past January. That’s why we asked our experts to provide one easy activity that everybody can stick to. You can do these at home; even better, plan to visit us in 2023 and we can work out together in person!” said Mr. Seif Hamdy, the resort’s General Manager.
1) LEARN TO BREATHE
By Alyona Lezhava, Wellness Manager
It may sound simple, but learn how to breathe properly could change your entire mindset. One yogic technique is “box breathing”. Lying or sitting down, slowly breathe in through your nose for four seconds, then hold the air in your lungs for four seconds, exhale through your nose for four seconds, and hold your breath for a further four seconds (and repeat). This technique will create a deep sense of calm.
2) SOAK YOUR FEET
By Ambar Sri, Spa Director
Our feet endure a great deal of strain in our daily lives, so it’s important to take care of them. Take a few minutes each day to rest and soak your feet. A combination of warm water mixed with sea salt, vinegar and mouthwash will soothe the skin and provide a refreshing sensation. For even greater revitalization, massage lotion into your soles and toes and feel the benefits flow through your body.
3. TAKE COLD SHOWERS
By Mr. Quoc Bao, Personal Gym Trainer
Taking a cold shower, even if it’s only for ten seconds every morning, can stimulate blood circulation, reduce stress levels and increase the flow of energy through your body. Make sure the water is cold enough to feel uncomfortable, then immerse your whole body. Deep breathing will help you adjust to the temperature. As part of a morning routine, cold showers will change your life for the better!
4. ENJOY A GLASS OF RED WINE
By Jimmy Chang, Head Sommelier
If you can’t face taking cold showers, this could be a New Year’s resolution that everybody can get onboard with! Red wine contains powerful antioxidants and moderate consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, keep the memory sharp, and even increase longevity. A daily glass of red wine taken alongside a balanced diet could support a healthier lifestyle.
5. TAKE A DAILY NATURE WALK
By Anthony Barker, Resident Zoologist
What could be more rejuvenating than talking a walk in nature? This free activity is a wonderful way to improve your mental and physical health. A brisk daily stroll can stimulate circulation, support weight loss, firm-up muscles and strengthen joints. Being immersed in nature is also proven to help ease your stress levels and create a feeling of inner peace and wellbeing. Try not to look at your phone or be pre-occupied with things – just enjoy the moment.
6. EAT FRESH FOOD
By Ms. Thu Doan, Executive Sous Chef
Eating fresh, non-processed foods has myriad benefits. A balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help to reduce heart disease, lower blood pressure, and even prevent some types of cancer. Search for organic produce, try new ingredients – especially dark green veggies and vibrant colored fruits and berries – and stay away from processed foods with high levels of salt and sugar.
About InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand makes travel alluring, with insights from 75 years of experience. Each of our properties provides a gateway to the glamour of the InterContinental Life. As a brand, we aim to embody global sophistication through our superior, understated service and exceptional amenities. What makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show our guests through personalised and attentive services. We offer our most valued guests signature VIP services through a dedicated InterContinental Ambassador programme and an exclusive Club InterContinental experience. We connect our well-travelled guests to what’s special about a destination, so they enjoy authentic local experiences that will enrich their lives.
About InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is a 39-hectare paradise that blends personalised service and unparalleled amenities across four levels – Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea – all linked by a funicular railway that rises up the forested hillside. Nestled on the spectacular natural preserve of the Son Tra Peninsula, north of Danang City, Vietnam, guests can enjoy culinary artistry at four restaurants and bars, including La Maison 1888, which is helmed by three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, soothe their senses at The Lagoon Spa, or simply unwind on the 700-metre-long beach. The Summit sets the stage for the world’s grandest gatherings and one-of-a-kind weddings, with a purpose-built auditorium, ballroom and multiple meeting spaces.