Are your New Year's resolutions to keep fit and healthy already a distant memory? Are you looking for an activity that you will actually enjoy? At Breeze we have scoped around for original activities in the Grenoble area, that will not only ensure you are having fun, but will also keep you healthy and keep your New Year's Resolutions on track!
This is the new method of training that everybody is talking about. CrossFit training is an extremely challenging and varied programme that uses multi-disciplinary methods to help you build strength and keep you in top condition. This method is used in police and military training schools, and also for professional athletes. However, it is for anybody, whatever your age or physical condition as the programme will be adapted to you so you can build on it and improve your strength and conditioning. A CrossFit gym looks unlike any standard gym you may have seen! We are fortunate to have CrossFit Grenoble at Saint Martin d'Heres. Visit their website to find out more.
Boxing is for everyone, men, women and children. It is a sport that over the years has shown all the health benefits it can give you, which includes enhanced cardio-vascular health, improved total body strength, better hand-eye coordination, increase of muscle mass and decrease of fat mass, and not surprisingly, it is a great way to de-stress! Savate is a group of local boxing schools and associations that have come together on their website as a platform. From the website you can choose which club is best suited to you and to the proximity of your work or home. The website is really good, easy to use, and updated regularly.
There is also the Grenoble Boxe club run by the Mona family. They specialize in English traditional boxing. They do not have a website but respond very quickly on their phones. Their gym is located at the Hoche gymnasium at 10, rue Francois Raoult. Tel: 06 30 06 06 68 / 06 77 15 32 06
Yes, you read right! Flamenco!! And again this can be practiced by men and women. The owner of Arte Flamenco in Grenoble, is Esteban Guarinos, who is a champion Flamenco dancer and has worked professionally over the years. The school offers lessons most evenings for adults and children for a cost of around 300€ per year. The benefits of Flamenco dancing are numerous including muscle strength, improving your posture, improved balance, increased flexibility and a big confidence booster too! For more info, you can visit Arte Flamenco's website.
4. Canoeing and Kayaking
This is a great family activity and brings you outside and closer to nature. In Grenoble we are so fortunate as we are surrounded by rivers and lakes making this activity exciting and varied. The Grenoble Alpes Canoe Kayak (GUAK) association is based in Grenoble and meets up regularly throughout the week and Saturday afternoons. They have outings at the weekends and school holidays to local rivers or lakes and even the sea. No getting bored here! The club is open to anyone regardless of your age or ability. The benefits of canoeing and kayaking are improved cardio-vascular health, increased muscle strength especially in the arms, shoulders, chest, back and torso and legs as these are used to power and steer the canoe or kayak.
Visit their website below to find out more.
5. Line Dancing (Country Dancing)
Grenoble has the Grenoble Country Dancers club. It offers classes for all levels. Each level is given its own fun name such as Mustang, Appoloosa and Eagle! Their website also has links to videos that shows you all the choreography so you can practice at home. It's a healthy activity both physically, but mentally too as you have to memorise all the dance steps. It also allows you to engage in social activity with all your fellow dancers. You can find out more by visiting their website.
6. Roller Blading
The Grenoble Roller Club is open from beginning April until beginning of December. They meet every Friday at 8:30pm at the Parc Paul Mistral to roller blade around the town. They offer several circuits but always have one for the family which covers around 8kms and lasts around an hour, and a more sporty circuit that covers 14 to 20 kms and lasts up to 1.5 hour. They also have rollerblading evenings with a theme, such as Halloween, and Quizz night tours around the city. They are affiliated with the Fédération Française de Roller Skating (FFRS) and rely on volunteers to help out. Annual membership is around €49.
You can visit their website for more information.
7. ASTA 38 (Association Sportive des Toujours Actives)
ASTA is a sports association for the over 50s, created in 1972 by Doctors who wanted to help their patients slow down the ageing process and to keep them fit and active. They offer more than 20 activities over a number of different clubs all around the Isère area. Some of their activities include aquagym, hiking, yoga, line dancing, zumba, skiing and cycling to name just a few. Their headquarters are located at the Maison des Association de Grenoble at 6 rue Berthe Boissieu. Membership for all the activities is around 46€! Amazing!!
Please visit their website for more information.
8. L'Office Municipal des Sports de Grenoble (l'OMS)
If none of the above activities we have selected entice you to help keep you on track with your New Year's resolution, then you should visit the OMS website that lists ALL the sporting clubs and activities that are available to people in Grenoble and the Isère area. Each club is given a link so you can go directly to their website.There are so many to choose from, and so varied, it really is a treat to read through them.
Last but not least there is skiing! Grenoble's star sport! We just finished celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Winter Olympics that were held in Grenoble in 1968! There is an abundance of ski clubs to choose from including the ESF (Ecole de Ski Française) that you can find at most ski resorts. There is also the GUC (Grenoble University Club) that exists since 1922, and has a very active ski club which exists since 1931! It has had some illustrious skiers over the past including Gold Medal ski champion Jean Vuarnet. The ski season has only just started so it is not too late to join up and ski down those slopes!! Check out their website to find out more!
All of us at Breeze Relocation would like to wish you a very Happy and prosperous 2019!! Thanks for reading our Blog!!
Happy New Year!!
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