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Benefits of water sports for your fitness

It’s that time of year when New Year’s resolutions kick-in, with many turning their attention to new health and fitness regimes. Rather than the obvious (joining a gym) why not hit the water and try a water sport such as sailing, rowing, swimming, surfing, scuba diving and water obstacle courses. By tackling a water sport, not only can you set yourself new challenges, but you can also reap health and fitness benefits, plus more! Let us explain.

New scenery
In most cases water sports take place in the outdoors which opens up opportunities to exercise in different environments. If you fancy rowing, surfing or wild swimming then take to a lake or the high seas to enjoy beautiful surroundings and fresh air. If you plan on scuba diving, then you’ll benefit from going under-the-sea to take in the UK’s marine plants and animals.

By getting close to nature you will instantly start to feel at ease and more relaxed as well as enjoy experiencing a sense of freedom.  The calming sounds of the waters and the sport itself will allow you to focus the mind on what you are doing to the exclusion of anything else. Water sports can also be exciting allowing you to enhance your mood.

If you are a thrill seeker and want to take on a new challenge then why not choose a water sport that is action packed and will get your adrenaline racing. Water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, body boarding – there are plenty of options.

Low impact
Many water sports are low impact, which means less strain on your muscles and joints. Swimming in particular is especially gentle on the body and at the same time will help you build muscle strength. Swimming is often a good choice if you suffer with arthritis to help soothe achy joints.

Fitness boost
Water sports can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Those involving the arms and upper body (Rowing, Canoeing, Kayaking etc) will help increase muscle strength in the back, arms, shoulders and chest due to the movement required using the paddle. Swimming uses the whole body which will give you a full body workout.

It’s fun
Getting in shape can be fun particularly in the water. Whether on your own or with friends, water sports are a refreshing experience that you can enjoy time and time again. Give it a go to see the difference it can make to you.

Don’t forget to join us when we open in Spring for a chance to take on our adventure water obstacle course. Visit our site soon to keep a look out for our season calendar, alternatively you can purchase a voucher here.

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Ditch the gym for these outdoor fitness trends in 2019

If you fancy a break from the confines of the gym, venture into the great outdoors to keep fit in 2019. Taking your fitness regime outside brings opportunities for more unusual and adventurous activities. So, here at Aqua Parcs we have selected five of the best outdoor fitness trends that will get your heart racing in the New year!

Fitness festivals
Combining the popularity of outdoor fitness classes with entertainment, food and drink, fitness festivals are popping up all around the country. The UK’s largest Festival of Fitness is set to take place in Hackney in May and, taking London’s fitness scene into the forests of Kent, LoveFit festival in July utilises the outdoor landscape to offer activities like a forest gym and lake paddle board yoga.

Rowing on the rise
Sparked by the UK’s success in the last few Olympics, rowing is on the rise. With London’s first boutique rowing studio having recently opened its doors, there is a clear demand for this British sport. However, there is only so much training you can do in a studio and once you’ve got the bug you’ll soon find yourself wanting to test out your newfound rowing skills on the water like a proper Olympian.

Wild swimming
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise you can do in terms of burning calories and toning the body, but if you fancy adding a bit of a thrill to your strokes you should probably consider the growing trend for wild swimming. The low temperatures might not seem appealing in rivers and lakes but the adrenaline rush is unrivalled. There are a huge number of wild swimming spots around the UK to enjoy and don’t let being in the city stop you. Although swimming in the Thames is forbidden, there are many places to undertake this sport on the edge of the city.

Obstacle courses
You might have noticed more people on your Facebook feed getting muddy recently, thanks to the increasing popularity of outdoor obstacle courses such as Tough Mudder. With the chance to take part with your friends, this group activity is a great endurance challenge to experience with close pals which will test both your mental and physical strength. Don’t let that put you off though, as it’s plenty of fun too – we promise!.

Aqua parks
Arguably the only item on this list more fun than a muddy obstacle course is an inflatable one on water! Having grown in popularity across Europe, aqua parks are currently set to take the adventure activity market in the UK by storm in 2019. Combining great fun with some friendly competition, it’s the perfect activity for a family day out, party of friends or a corporate team-building day. Why not pre-plan your fitness for the new year and purchase a gift voucher for our Aqua Parcs 2019 season here.


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Top five experience gifts for him and her this Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching the countdown has begun; soon you’ll be feasting on delicious mince pies, having a glass (or two!) of warm mulled wine and getting out that box of decorations ready to transform your home, but most importantly you’ll be thinking about what to buy your loved ones. Forget those gifts you’ve given time and time again (socks, cosmetics, you know the ones) and choose something that is a little out of the ordinary. Experience gifts are perfect catering for different tastes and budgets, while creating unforgettable memories. We’ve done our research and rounded up five of the best budget-friendly experiences (filtered by price) that would make a stand-out gift:

5. A one-night hotel stay with dinner and fizz for two – from £139
Ideal for your parents or a couple close to your heart, treat them to a relaxing retreat in a hotel of your choice for a night’s stay. This getaway provides an escape from everyday life offering a way to relax and spend quality time together. Throw in a meal and a bottle of fizz to make it that extra special.

4. Silverstone Ferrari Thrill – from £99.00
The perfect gift for any car fanatic and thrill seeker is this fast and furious Ferrari experience at the famous Silverstone track in Northamptonshire. Slip behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 Coupe and power round three laps of the Gran Prix circuit. This hair-raising gift is bound to fuel plenty of excitement!


3. Spa/Salon Treatments – from £29.00
For those who never have any time for themselves and are always on-the-go, allow them to unwind with a pampering salon or spa treatment. There a multitude of treatments to choose from at affordable prices such as a new set of nails, lash extensions to massages or opt for something a little steeper such as a lavish spa day. Whatever budget, there is something to suit any lady and man in your life!

2. Indoor Skydiving – from £29.00 - £49.00
So jumping out of a plane might not be everyone’s idea of a good Christmas gift, but what about Indoor Skydiving? This simulated activity really makes you feel like you’re flying while you float and freefall on a smooth cushion of air. iFLY is one company offering this fun experience with centres across Manchester, Basingstoke and Milton Keynes. Know someone who is up for the challenge? Then this gift will blow them away!

1. Aqua Parcs Gift Voucher - £20.00
Saving the best for last (biased of course), we couldn’t write this blog without plugging our own experience, and at such great value you get a lot for your money. This super fun activity involves jumping, bouncing and simply having fun on an inflatable obstacle course set on a stunning lake in Milton Keynes. An adventure on water, practically everyone can have a go, as long as they are over six years and can swim 25m unaided. For anyone looking to go wild on the water (don’t forget yourself too!) then purchase a gift voucher here. Alternatively, the Aqua Parcs team will be next to the Santa’s grotto at Centre:MK shopping centre, so pop along and say hi!

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