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April 09, 2014

Fitness Find: A Wellness Program in Puglia

By Ingrid Skjong | Fitness

Fitness Find: A Wellness Program in Puglia
Courtesy of Borgo Egnazia

Whether your goal is to start a healthier routine or continue one, there are few more motivating places to do it than the coast of Puglia, Italy—home of the recently debuted wellness program FU’RE at Borgo Egnazia hotel and resort.

FU’RE, which means “outside” in the local Apulian dialect, stays true to its name, taking full advantage of Borgo Egnazia’s grounds and focusing the six-day retreats (available in either high or low intensity) on local traditions, ingredients and ways of being. Classes consist of no more than seven guests and cover traditional fitness territory (yoga, resistance training, cardio) and more unorthodox choices (music therapy, juggling, table tennis, dance, saltwater flotation sessions in the VAIR Spa’s Roman baths). Certified personal trainers and professionals in areas like bodywork and naturotherapy are in charge; analyses of body composition and daily calorie intake can also be woven in.

Of course no Italian venture is complete without delicious food. Resident dietician Agostino Grassi meets with participants and develops menus featuring local vegetables and traditional pasta dishes. With that to look forward to after, say, boot-camp training overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the allure is clear.

“Borgo Egnazia is the perfect setting for a fitness-and-spa program: wild, various scenarios, mild weather, generous and a relaxing environment that stimulates your body and mind,” says owner Aldo Melpignano, who, while admitting that weight loss isn’t the main focus of FU’RE, shed six pounds the last time he participated. “[It] is a great kick-start if you want to rebalance your life or simply take some time for yourself.” Six-day program starts at $1,800 (excluding accommodations); rooms start at $290; Savelletri di Fasano; 39-080/225-5000; borgoegnazia.com.

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