Exercising in fresh air and in nature is the main motives for travelling in current times. The urge for exercise, sun and nature is greater than ever before. The positive effect of an active holiday or hiking can now be measured in the Hohe Tauern National Park holiday region and in Zell am See-Kaprun. In combination with the new Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail from Krimml to Zell am See, the local tourist destinations are now offering, for the first time, fitness testing possibilities with qualified guides several times a week.
Leading from Krimml via Neukirchen and Bramberg to Zell am See in 10 stages, a new long-distance hiking trail, the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, has been opened this summer. The new trail not only invites you to discover pristine nature, clean air and a unique panorama, it is also designed to increase fitness and promote well-being. Starting at the foot of the Krimml Waterfalls, the next stages lead in the presence of Salzburg’s highest mountain - the Großvenediger, and the emerald-rich Habach Valley all the way up to the Schmittenhöhe high above Zell am See, covering a distance of 150 kilometres. Overnight stays alternate between the valley and the mountains. The use of mountain railways or convenient shuttle services at the stage destinations as well as a bookable luggage transfer offer maximum comfort.
Exercise in fresh air, and especially hiking, is a real boost for the heart and lungs. This is also medically proven. This summer, the local tourism associations in Krimml, Neukirchen and Bramberg as well as Zell am See-Kaprun are offering their guests a Trail Fitness Test, which provides measurable results during multi-day hiking tours as well as other sports activities, several times a week.
DETERMINING VO2MAX WITH A FITNESS TEST
The Rockport Fitness Test is carried out by qualified guides at three selected test stations in Krimml at the foot of the Krimml Waterfalls, Neukirchen with a view of the Sulzbach valleys and Bramberg along the Salzach river as well as in the Zell am See-Kaprun region at the Esplanade Elisabeth Park in Zell am See on an 800m trail. The maximum oxygen uptake of the blood - the "VO2max" - is calculated by measuring the pulse at the end of the route and recording the required time. The VO2max is the most important indicator of personal fitness and physical performance. The value stands for the oxygen uptake (in millilitres) that the body can utilise per minute and per kilogram of body weight at maximum performance. The key figure is entered in a personal fitness passport. The test is repeated after a few stages on the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail or after a few days of hiking and sports activities in the region. All participating guests receive a certificate of their increased fitness level afterwards. Registration for the Trail Fitness Tests is possible for everyone directly via the individual tourism associations Krimml, Neukirchen & Bramberg and Zell am See-Kaprun. With the Guest Card, Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card or National Park Summer Card, the tests and the fitness pass are free of charge.
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