Last week, I visited Club Med Bintan Island for a short getaway and to take part in the annual Club Med ‘Body & Soul’ fitness event. But guess what: you don’t actually have to travel that far! Here are my favourite feel-good exercises that I picked up during the trip, which you can easily try out at home.
I think it would be safe for me to say that city life gets hectic, whether you’ve got a full-time job or a family and kids to take care of. Though I’m very lucky to have a job that takes me to different places every week, there’s no escaping those hours spent surrounded by four walls, slouched at my office desk.
Recently, I’ve been feeling the effects of urban pollution, too much technology, unhealthy eating habits and not enough rest: headaches, fatigue and WORST OF ALL, random pimples popping up all over my skin. So when I got the chance to stay at Club Med Bintan Island and participate in their annual ‘Body & Soul’ fitness and health programme, I was more than happy to take the opportunity- four days of sun, sea and rejuvenation on a secluded island? Sign me up!
Bintan, an island just off the coast of Singapore, can only be reached by ferry. I flew to Singapore on Monday morning, transferred myself via taxi from Changi Airport to the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, hopped on the 2pm ferry and got to Bintan in just under an hour. At the Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal in Bintan, I found the Club Med counter and was taken straight to the hotel. Once I arrived at Club Med Bintan, groggy from going through several modes of transport, I was greeted by the hotel’s friendly staff; in fact, they actually cheered for me when I arrived! Admittedly, I felt a bit like a celebrity!
I was given a glass of refreshing juice right before I settled in, which was tys’ cycle: it starts off with a day dedicated to Yellow, which symbolises Rejuvenate; Red, which symbolises Recharge; Green, which signifies Rebalance; and Purple, which signifies Revitalise, before starting with Yellow again. During meal times, a curated healthy selection of food matching the theme of the day is available. I arrived on a ‘Red’ day, just in time to catch the last event.
Throughout my stay, I was able to explore several activities. Read on to find out my favourite de-stress exercises and tips on how you can try them out too.