Water sports in Upper Bavaria – relaxation for the body and spirit
Whether it’s in a spa or in one of the beautifully situated lakes or in one of the exquisite pools of the WellVital hotels – experience the feeling of weightlessness and dive into the world of water in Upper Bavaria.
In the water, your body only seems to weigh ten per cent of its own weight – that is why aquasport feels so easy. There are a variety of water sports and they are suitable for effective training that is gentle on the joints:
- Aqua aerobics is a whole body training exercise, which you can do both in shallow and in deep water, with or without flotation aids. Aqua aerobics also include Pilates elements and strengthen your spinal column without putting strain on your joints.
- In aqua gymnastics, you really get going: the movement training shapes your muscles and strengthens your cardiovascular system at the same time.
- Aqua cycling combines cycling with the relieving property of water. When cycling in the water, leg work is required in particular – but the back, stomach and bottom are also tightened and firmed up. The training stimulates the burning of fat and improves the performance of your cardiovascular system.
In the water, you consume many times more calories than during sport on dry land: on the one hand,
your body requires more energy due to the cooler temperatures – on the other hand, you have to use more power in your movements because of the water density.
In addition to the purely physical and quickly apparent benefits of aquasport, activity in the water also has a soothing effect on your mind and spirit. You only get tired much later during aquasport and do not feel worn out afterwards, but recovered. The buoyancy in the water relieves your whole nervous system and stimulates your cardiovascular system at the same time. Suddenly, everything feels light: your arms, your legs, your head – and somehow also your life.
Detached thanks to water sports
At the Rupertus Therme thermal baths in Bad Reichenhall, it is not only the salty water in the brine pool which provides a pleasant buoyancy – a view of the Upper Bavarian Alps also produces many a feeling of exhilaration. Surrounded by a unique natural setting, it is possible to relax really well in the cosy warm water – weightless, carefree and completely detached.
“Aquasport is a particularly effective training which is by far the most popular that we have”, says Michael Antosch, team leader of the Fitness Department at the Rupertus Therme. Courses take place twice a day there – and are always full. “The participants are around 35. Aqua fitness is definitely not just something for old people,” Antosch counters prejudices. Ambitious sportsmen take advantage of this form of training that is easy on the joints just as much as people who take it easier.
Action-packed fun on Upper Bavaria’s lakes
Whether it is on Lake Tegernsee, Lake Alpsee, Lake Wörthsee or Lake Forggensee – the optimum conditions for all kinds of water sports enthusiasts can be found on the lakes of Upper Bavaria. A form of water sports that is passionately practised on Lake Chiemsee is kite boarding. A real trend sport – and a lot of fun. In this sport, you are pulled over the surface of the water on the board by a towing kite. If you are not practised in it, it is best to start by booking a course at a wakeboarding facility, for example in Kiefersfelden – this will allow you to develop a feel for the board under supervision.
Wind surfers, on the other hand, like to head for Lake Walchensee between the Herzogstand and the Altlacher Hochkopf. The turquoise lake is regarded as a hot spot for surfers in Upper Bavaria. The good wind conditions provide a real “jet effect”. This helps you to pick up speed quickly. The number one address for sailors, however, is Lake Starnberg, one of the most water-abundant lakes in Germany.
The wild and romantic Isar, the varied Lech, the contemplative Amper and the wonderful Mangfall: the rivers of Upper Bavaria are at least as attractive for water sports as the lakes. They are a real paradise for rafting fans and rowers. How do you fancy taking a spin in a canoe or a comfortable river trip in a rubber dinghy? On a river tour, Upper Bavaria presents itself from a completely different perspective once again.