Baths, spas, and water sports: all good things!

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April 23, 2021

Who doesn’t love a good spa or a proper bath? Not only do they feel good, but they have many beneficial functions as well. Doctors can prescribe a thermal cure and it isn’t hard to see why. They can help with osteoarthritis, rheumatism, back pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and many more. There are various options to choose from in these spas, ranging from jacuzzis, enhanced jets, waterfalls, whirlpool beds, and more. Water sports also offer great value for exercising. Aquagyms are getting more and more popular by the minute. It’s an amazing way to work out your whole body without putting pressure on it!

Want to learn more? Keep reading the article!

If some doctors regularly prescribe thermal cures to their patients, it is not by chance. The soothing virtues of these waters have been proven for a long time and the cures now have a whole series of therapeutic indications. In particular, they are proposed to relieve osteoarthritis and rheumatism, back pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, certain neurological, gynecological or circulatory disorders, dermatological problems, but also to support patients undergoing treatment for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or weight loss. To make their offer attractive, spas adapt their infrastructures to the expectations of their clientele. Today, the facilities and pools are enhanced with jacuzzis, massage jets, waterfalls, active current paths, whirlpool beds, and other wellness and relaxation areas. All these elements are designed to attract a public of all ages, in search of well-being and more fun activities.

And what about sport?

And on the sports side, while for some people water is synonymous with relaxation, for others it represents the ideal environment for building up muscles and getting back into shape. Aquagym has become very fashionable in recent years and is offered in the form of courses. Combining the festive aspect of the pool with the benefits of the sporting activity, this discipline plays on the fact that, once immersed in water, the body weighs only a third of its own weight, which makes movement easier. Suitable for people who are overweight or not used to practicing sport, it uses the resistance of the water to force the muscles to work. The results are quickly visible, knowing that half an hour of aquarium corresponds to about 1h30 of gymnastics, that is to say, 600 calories spent in one case as in the other. By training the abdominal muscles, buttocks, thighs, arms, and shoulders, this sport allows you to reshape your figure while benefiting your health.

Another technique that is becoming increasingly popular in the pool is aqua biking (also known as “cycling in the pool” or “aqua cycling”). The principle is simple: the participants pedal on aquatic bikes. Carried along by the water, they build up the muscles of different parts of their body according to the exercises proposed. During the sessions, which generally last 45 minutes, periods of speed are alternated with complementary aqua gym exercises.

These different water sports have given rise to several small cousins, more or less popular: aqua running (running in water), aqua boxing (boxing in water), or aqua step (stepping in water). The question is whether the public’s enthusiasm for these activities is a fashion phenomenon or whether it will last over time!

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