Peter and I are at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. This is the second year in a row we decided to spend 4th of July here and I am once again glad we did. There’s nothing like the great food, exercise and education here that gets me motivated to make some changes for the better in regards to my health. And all the green trees everywhere make me feel that I am getting more and better oxygen than I do in Manhattan.
On the first day here Peter ran into Mel Zuckerman in the gym. On the second day Mel was there again working out. That is really telling. Mel and his wife Enid founded Canyon Ranch in Tucson in 1979. I believe he is over 80 now. Seeing him still so committed to exercise and a healthy lifestyle is a great inspiration to all the staff and guests here. Deborah Szekely (Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta founder) is also over 80 – in fact she just turned 85. Both of these icons in the spa industry have been practicing what they preach. Lucky for us, we get to see by their example how these principles really work.