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At Bridges Bay Resort's Boji Splash indoor water park, a 500-gallon tipping bucket fills to the brim before it spills over and dumps its watery contents on the swimmers gathered below. Throughout the water park, guests can swim in the gradual-entry pool, swoosh down water slides, or float on tubes in the lazy river. Other aquatic features include a pirate ship equipped with water cannons, a spray playground, and a lily-pad water walk. After working up an appetite, head to Bracco Waterfront Grill for burgers, steaks, and seafood.

Thanks to Bridges Bay Resort's location along Lake Okoboji, most of the suites and condos feature stunning waterfront views. Condominiums come with a full kitchen, outdoor patio, and living room with fireplace to burn marshmallow effigies of Lex Luthor.

1405 Highway 71 N
Okoboji,
IA
US

Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.

2508 Central Ave
Estherville,
IA
US

Owned and operated by Dr. Ronald J. Kolegraff, re*be is one of the most credentialed clinics in Iowa, specializing in vein treatments, skin surgeries, and cosmetic procedures. Treating varicose and spider veins with sclerotherapy, Dr. Kolegraff employs one of a variety of techniques best suited for the patient and the severity of vein problems, helping limbs look refreshed and ready for lederhosen season. Damaged veins will be injected with sodium tetradecyl sulfate, which makes the veins collapse or clot and then retreat from public life on the skin's surface. There are few restrictions on patients after the procedure, so three-legged races and leapfrog contests are encouraged.

1008 Eastview Ave.
Okoboji,
IA
US

GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.

901 11th St SW
Spencer,
IA
US

Effleurage: The Foundation of Relaxation

Swedish massage relies largely on a technique known as effleurage. Learn how it zaps stress with Groupon's peek at this basic stroke.

Effleurage is the glue that holds a Swedish massage together. Its smooth, gliding strokes may not deliver much pressure?the word itself is taken from a French verb that means "to touch lightly"?but the technique simultaneously soothes the nerves, boosts circulation, and allows the massage therapist to identify problem zones that need extra attention. Because effleurage doubles as an assessment tool, many therapists begin each massage with it, usually by gliding their open palms lightly across the body to feel for tense spots and potholes while acclimating the client to their touch. This form of effleurage is known as "superficial," and it serves a soothing prelude, epilogue, and transitional movement between deeper, more focused kneading.

A slightly more forceful style of effleurage is known as "deep effleurage." This form still uses gliding strokes, only with more pressure, as the therapist aims to stretch out the muscle tissue and the web of connective tissue that covers it. Therapists will generally direct the first part of their deep-effleurage stroke towards the heart, finishing with a lighter return stroke away from it. Not only does this warm up tissues for deeper muscle work, but it can also speed up the movement of blood and lymph fluid. This boost in circulation can help drain fluid from injured areas, reducing painful pressure while also releasing endorphins that further relax the entire body.

1119 Central Ave
Estherville,
IA
US

The course at Emerald Hills Golf Club sweeps over hilly terrain marked by frequent doglegs, fast greens, and stone-lined water hazards. Though the relatively short, flat first hole would lead first-timers to believe otherwise, the course rewards conservative play: most fairways bend to some degree and require distance control to avoid unfavorable lies in the rough and holes that lead to China. The par 5 fifth hole, the course's most difficult, presents an uphill dogleg left onto an elevated, two-tiered green with breaks that can be difficult to discern. Emerald Hills Golf Club also features pristine practice facilities, lessons with resident golf pros, and an onsite clubhouse with a banquet hall and a cocktail lounge.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,632 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 72.6 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 125 from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole
808 U.S. Highway 71
Arnolds Park,
IA
US