After cookies, Christmas goose and New Year’s Eve raclette, exercise and sport will surely be on your list of good intentions. So we have good news for you. Even in winter, there are innumerable opportunities in Mannheim to get the circulation going and do something good for body and soul. We’ve put together some tips for you here.
How about a spot of ice skating? Mannheim is a centre for ice hockey and a visit to the ice sports facility on Neuer Messplatz is definitely part of the winter programme. Experienced skaters can have as much fun here as new skaters of all ages. Families with young children can also rent practical skating aids every Sunday between 10:00 and 12:00, which will help them get started on the ice. Also very popular is the ice disco. To the beat of the latest hits, you can glide over the ice here under the sparkling disco ball. The next ice disco will take place on 2nd February between 20:00 and 22:30.
Further information: Eissportzentrum Herzogenried (www.mannheim.de/eislaufen)
Endurance, strength and tactical thinking are all trained at once in climbing. If you want to go high, you can tackle the climbing wall in the EXTREM climbing centre with ropes. If you’d prefer to stay closer to the ground, then a visit to the Boulderhaus Mannheim or Boulder Island near the city centre is just the thing. Because of the lower climbing height, there is no need for safety ropes. But don’t worry: thick floor mats ensure that you always have a soft landing. In all Mannheim’s climbing halls, you can expect plenty of colourful routes offering greater or lesser adrenalin highs – for beginners and experienced climbers alike.
Floating almost weightlessly or crawling quickly from one end of the pool to the other. Swimming is one of the most popular endurance sports for young and old.
For example, you can enjoy training and wellness in the architecturally impressive and centrally located “Herschelbad”. Even after more than a century, Mannheim’s oldest indoor pool remains a meeting place for anyone who wants to work on their fitness in a stylish ambience. In addition to the impressive indoor swimming pool, the Finnish sauna and coloured light sauna provide an oasis of recuperation between your exertions in the pool. If you need a bit more relaxation after a workout in the cool water, treat yourself to a massage by one of the trained specialist staff.
Further information: Herschelbad (www.mannheim.de/de/service-bieten/sport/schwimmbaeder/herschelbad)
Regular yoga sessions are the ideal way to find your inner centre while exercising strength, balance and flexibility. Whether you are a curious beginner or experienced yogi, your muscles can be ideally trained in the bright and light-flooded “yogaflow” studio. Every week, there are 23 different courses on offer for three levels of exertion and skill. If you are looking for the tropical climate of India, yoga’s country of origin, be sure to take your yoga mat along to “Studio 108°F” in the heart of the squares. The training room is heated up to as much as 40°C and not only offers a perspiring 90-minute workout: your muscles are also trained in an especially gentle and low-impact manner.