When we think of health, the obvious thought is typically a healthy mind, healthy eating, and a healthy dose of exercise… but what about the effects of keeping a healthy home? Could a healthy home lead to weight loss? Or even better, optimal health? Recent studies show there is a direct correlation between clutter and stress as a proven contributor to weight gain and making healthy decisions. PFC Fitness Camp has helped over 3,000 individuals lose significant weight through behavioral health, nutrition, exercise, and now environment as our health-centric resort reveals it’s own interior transformation with design cues from San Diego’s must-have designer, Susanna Samaniego of 4 Corners Design Concepts.
After months of searching for a designer that fit both our aesthetic and understood our passion for fitness and health, Interior designer, Susanna Samaniego of 4 Corners Design Concepts helped us complete our full wheel of wellness, which was to create the absolute healthiest atmosphere for our clients at our Omni La Costa Resort and Spa headquarters.
Before we even hit the drawing board, Susanna explained the importance of making home-base healthy and how she was going to do that for PFC. Health is a state of well-being,” Samaniego told us, “in which numerous components are in balance with one another: Mental, Physical, Nutritional, Emotional, Social, Spiritual and Environmental—which is where I come in. A home base needs to be a daily retreat of tranquility after the hectic hours of life. Everything from lighting to paint color can affect sleep habits, energy levels and overall health.” The internationally sought after designer not only created a healthy haven for our clients, but a 5-step prescription for a healthy home that we had to share with everyone!
Order – Clean Space, Clean Mind Humans have a habit to collect, accumulate and save a variety of stuff. Clutter heightens stress, collects dust, and effects efficiency. In fact, most experts agree that clutter can be a contributing factor to one’s compliance to exercising, eating well and maintaining other healthy behaviors. In an effort to lead by example, PFC de-cluttered every square foot of the resort’s Center Court. Almost all administrative paperwork is now digital, books, magazines, and other health literature have a home in PFC’s new THINK – EAT – MOVE library, white boards are mounted to the wall opposed to the previous, obtrusive roller, and each client is assigned their own locker so-to-speak to keep miscellaneous personal items off of chairs, tables and floors.
Color – The Orange Effect Orange is the color of happiness, confidence and energy. it is the best emotional stimulant. It strengthens the appetite for life, connects to the senses and helps remove inhibitions. PFC’s main brand color is orange chosen specifically for the psychological impact behind the bold hue. Susanna incorporates the energizing color tastefully throughout the building in office soffits, ceramic accents and custom-designed bathroom signage with appropriately illustrated stick figures lifting weights. A soft white covers the main walls to maintain the building’s mediterranean essence, and a warm grey gives the traditional beams a modern update.
Nature – Bring the Outdoors In Houseplants do more than beautify a space. According to healthline.com, Research shows that plants inside a home can produce numerous physical and mental health benefits. Plants naturally fight pollutants caused by compounds in paints, furnishings and building materials, they can enhance cognitive function, increase self-esteem and reduce anxiety. Samaniego brings life to the multi-functioning room with refreshing Fiddle Leaf Fig indoor plants. The lush, sculptural eye candy lines PFC’s rest area as a natural wall for privacy, greets guests at the main entrance and adds purifying CO2 throughout various areas of Center Court.
Lighting – The Mood Booster Lighting has proven to have a large affect on emotions, such as happiness and sadness. Adequate lighting naturally evokes positive feelings, and dark, the opposite. Natural light specifically can be healing to the mind, body and soul, and exposure to it has many mood boosting health benefits. Samaniego stripped the walls of the once heavy, draped curtains to reveal more of Southern California’s highly sought after sun and the building’s incredible french doors which lead out to the full-length patio overlooking La Costa’s iconic Tennis Courts. Additionally, track lighting was updated and positioned purposefully to gently brighten the building.
Personalize – The Ultimate Comfort Zone A home that reflects the individual residing in it automatically produces a feeling of comfort—it’s welcoming, familiar and restorative. Susanna brilliantly personalizes the healthy retreat turning coastal, PFC destinations like La Jolla’s Torrey Pines and Swami’s Beach to life in the form of large format wall graphics produced by local photographer Pete Katcov. Perhaps the most breathtaking moment of “comfort”, however lies in the oversized custom art of San Diego’s Ponto Beach, created by photographic artist, Jeff Lewis. The San Clemente-based artist boasts national recognition for his innate ability to capture that special, single split second in time and turn it into stunning, almost optical allusions for the eyes to explore.
Whether weight loss tops the resolution chart this year or fitness in general—remember, home is where health begins.
PFC’s renovated Center Court is open for business just in time for the wave of weight loss resolutions. For more information on 2015 rates, please visit www.premierfitnesscamp.com/contact-us/