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Getting into shape on the campsite: now’s your chance!

On the campsite, there are some who think that a holiday is a chance to do nothing. Others think that time off from work is a great opportunity to get into shape and to take your mind off things, or even, for the most determined, to hone their dream body into shape… or at least, get started on it. Well, you’re in luck, because some campsites, particularly at the top of the range, have you in mind, making available equipment and staff.

There are two ways to look at getting into shape on the campsite. The first we might call… the gentle method, consisting in making the most – without excess – of the sports on offer, as well as all the other non-sporting activities, and to devote the rest of the time… to doing nothing, or very little. The second, the more robust method, is addressed above all to fitness fanatics or anyone who wants to make the most of the holiday to get rid of… unseemly love handles, to stay in shape, etc. On the programme: jogging or a long bike ride in the morning, the gym straight afterwards and a few lengths in the swimming pool in the afternoon. Whatever you decide to do, you can do it at the campsite, so bear it in mind when you reserve.

Gentle method

AQUAGYM OR EARLY MORNING EXERCISE:

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Aquagym is first of all a registered trade mark for water aerobics equipment. Aquagym lessons always involve a qualified instructor. Otherwise, the morning lessons focus on toning up the muscles. In any event, they are aimed at anyone looking to take advantage of how easy it is to make movements in the water that would be much harder in the open air.

OUTDOOR FITNESS AREAS:

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In recent years, fitness areas have flourished on the campsites. They feature a range of equipment similar to the kind found in gyms, but with some big advantages. They are open to access by all, particularly to people would never dare enter a gym because they don’t meet certain aesthetic criteria or because they… can’t see themselves in a pink leotard. All respectable manufacturers include precise instructions with each piece of equipment, sometimes with training plans and even, in some cases, flashcodes giving access to training videos.

JUST… WALK!

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If you don’t want to “push yourself too hard”, then just try walking. Not the kind of walk you take from your tent to the campsite baker’s (except if the campsite is larger than 5 hectares) to pick up your morning croissant. No, real walking with a good pair of shoes at the pace and distance of your choice. Researchers agree that a half-hour walk a day is a minimum.

The robust method

SPORTS TRAILS:

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Some campsites, often ones focusing on nature, like Le Sites et Paysages’ Les Saules in Cheverny, have traced out real sports trails across the fields and the woodland, with several different parts. At each stage, gym apparatus is provided so you can do exercises that are explained on information panels.

IN THE GYM WITH OR WITHOUT A COACH:

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Campsites, often those with 4 or 5 stars, have made fitness one of their main selling points. They provide guests (aged 18 and over) with real gyms, including the same equipment that they use the rest of the year. They are often “self-service”. But more and more often, qualified staff are on hand to provide tips, to correct your position or even draw up training plans, etc.

A LITTLE BIT EXTRA...

Some campsite managers, who are themselves fitness fans, organise activities as part of their programmes, including jogging sessions, mountain-bike or road cycling rides, roller-skating, etc.

Wellness

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But getting into shape during your holiday doesn’t necessarily mean getting out of breath or a t-shirt bathed in sweat, or major aches and pains the next morning. Getting into shape also means taking the time to look after yourself from every point of view, and here campsites have made big efforts over the past few years. Some of their wellness areas are quite monumental. Here you will find, of course, hot tubs (Jacuzzi is a registered trade mark), saunas, hamams… but much else besides! You’ll be welcomed by professional staff who will take care of you with massages and a whole range of beauty treatments. The treatments are by appointment and of course are not free… but they are well worth it and will boost your well-being.

 

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