The start of the new school year is fast approaching, and with it the end of holidays, often synonymous with overindulgence and indulgence... Delicious burgers and refreshing mojitos, our faithful seasonal companions, now seem to be clinging to our love handles. If you want to feel comfortable in your suit again, it’s time to (re)start exercising.
The good news is that the City of Luxembourg’s sports department has come up with just that, offering its “Sport for All” programme throughout the year for young and old alike, with a view to getting back into shape and feeling good, as well as having fun.
To ensure that everyone stays in shape, a special “Sport for All - Summer Holidays” programme has been developed up to and including 30 September. Every week, more than 100 sport classes are on offer, from Monday to Sunday, indoors, at the swimming pool or outdoors, at more than 30 venues across Luxembourg.
From stretching and weight training to jogging and even volleyball, there’s something for everyone. The programme also has a few surprises in store for fans of unusual sports, including curling, hockey, taiji quan (a Chinese martial art) and qi gong (traditional Chinese gymnastics and breathing exercises). Here are a few activities that the editors recommend you try.
- CrossFit: a discipline that combines athletic strength, bodybuilding, gymnastics and endurance. These short, intense training sessions will turn you into a real athlete. Sensitive hearts should abstain.
- Self-defence: a course focused on learning basic self-defence techniques. Skills that can sometimes come in handy. After all, prevention is better than cure.
- Archery: patience, precision, concentration are all valuable skills for everyday life. Why not start improving them now?
- Nordic walking: this brisk walk with poles uses no less than 90% of your muscles. As well as strengthening the muscles, this sport is also an invaluable ally for the heart, as it strengthens the cardio-pulmonary system. If you’re looking to shed unwanted pounds but don’t want to run, Nordic walking is an excellent alternative.
- Qi gong: a soothing and beneficial discipline that combines slow movements and breathing exercises. Ideal for relieving pre-school stress.
-Beach volleyball: supervised by instructors, participants learn the subtleties of this more complicated sport.
- Swimming lessons: the Bonnevoie pool offers group swimming lessons for children and adults. There’s no age limit for learning to swim.
- Lifesaving certificate: the Bonnevoie swimming pool also offers lifesaving certificate courses.
- Aquagym: the varied exercises during the session target your whole body. An ideal choice compared with other, more demanding cardiovascular activities. There’s no risk of injury or joint pain.
As a reminder, all participants in aquatic activities must have an entry ticket for the bains municipaux, available from the pool ticket office.
As far as prices are concerned, Luxembourg City residents have to pay €30 per course to have access for the whole season. The “passe-partout” option (which gives access to all the programmes for one season) costs €110. Residents of other communes will have to pay €60 per course and €220 for the passe-partout. Participants already enrolled in the “Sport pour tous - Saison 2022-2023” programme will benefit from the “Summer holidays” courses free of charge.
To see the entire “Summer holidays” programme, click here.
An infinite number of sports and... trampolines!
Luxembourg City also offers daily activities at Kinnekswiss. Sports equipment is available free of charge and the site is staffed by activity leaders from Monday to Sunday from 11.30am to 7.30pm, except in the event of rain. Spikeball, badminton, football, dodgeball, petanque, frisbee and twister, to name but a few, will keep you busy and let off steam.
And that’s not all! Until 14 September, 12 trampolines will be installed in the Parc de Merl for the enjoyment of young and old alike. They’re available free of charge every day between 12pm and 8pm, provided it’s not raining.
For more information, visit the website or call 4796-4414 or 4796-4415.
You now have all the information you need to get (back) into sport, so no more excuses and get to work!
This article was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.