Bolster your workouts with a steam room session

Bolster your workouts with a steam room session

If you like to have a full workout in the gym, you could benefit more from your session if you hit the steam room immediately after. As London’s leading men-only sauna, our clientele often use our facilities to make the most of their workouts. Most people assume steam rooms are just luxury rather than a necessity, but there is so much more to the steam room than just relaxing and putting your feet up. But if you spend at least 20 minutes in the steam room after exercising, your body could receive five health benefits. Relaxation This is the primary benefit a steam room provides, which is a necessity after a hard workout. Numerous studies show that stress can lead to many physical and mental health problems. Sitting in a steam room can help you feel relaxed and lower your blood pressure and heart rate, making you feel more calm and less stressed, resulting in a happier you. Increased blood circulation After exercising your body can feel stiff and create muscle tension which leads aching and soreness. So if you sit in the steam room after exercise, your body temperature will increase and make your blood vessels dilate. This increases blood circulation, which helps soothe the body and help heal bruises. You can lose an extra couple of pounds The steam room can also help you lose weight, but only as part of a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Whilst in the steam room, you sweat a lot which causes your body to lose water weight, which can help drop an extra couple of pounds. Detoxification Many studies show...
Why hydration is key to good health

Why hydration is key to good health

We all know drinking water is important for our health, but do you know how much water you should be consuming throughout the day? There have been many studies on how much water you should drink every day with different recommendations. Your water needs can actually depend on many factors, such as where you live, your health and how active you are. Even though there isn’t a certain set amount to fit everyone, just knowing more about your body’s can help you work out how much you should be drinking. Why water is important First off, let’s look at the health benefits of water. Water is your body’s main chemical component, making up about 60% of your body weight. Water is so important because every system in your body depends on it. It flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides moisture for the ear nose and throat tissues. If you don’t drink enough water, it can make you dehydrated, which means there isn’t enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Mild dehydration can cause a person to feel very tired and lethargic. You lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. Because of this, you must replenish through your diet throughout the day and drink plenty of water. The average amount of fluids a male should consume is about three litres a day, which is about eight glasses. In a sauna environment It is very important that you drink plenty of water before and after entering a wet or dry sauna. On average a person loses up to...
Why you need to make sure relaxing is top of your priorities in the New Year

Why you need to make sure relaxing is top of your priorities in the New Year

For many relaxation is considered a luxury which they just don’t have time for. At The Stable, London’s premier gay sauna, we feel that this should not be the case and that more importance needs to be placed on taking time out to relax. Here’s why. Stress is a common problem in the UK, and if left untreated it can cause a number of more serious health problems such as heart disease and depression. Finding time to properly relax can help you achieve a happier and healthier lifestyle. By finding something to do that you enjoy will give you the chance to let you take your mind off things and focus on something fun. Doing this can also help to keep your mind more focused and active in day-to-day life. Taking the time to relax regularly is good for your immune system. You probably know the feeling of being run down and over tired, and it’s usually at these times you’re more likely to succumb to an illness. When you don’t rest and give your body the chance to build up its energy like it needs to, the first thing that will suffer is its ability to protect itself against illnesses. Is there really a better excuse to sit back and put your feet up every now and then? A relaxed mind and body is also a mind and body that can enjoy a better sleeping pattern. Sleep is absolutely crucial to good physical and mental health, but it can be disturbed fairly, usually because of money, work or family problems on people’s minds. These thoughts can often keep...
What to eat to transform your body

What to eat to transform your body

After all the Christmas and New Year’s indulgence it’s probably safe to say that a health kick is just what your body will need this month! Whether you’re heading back to the health and fitness regime after a little break or are new to this whole fitness thing, it’s important to remember that no matter how many hours you put in at the gym, you won’t get the results you really want if your diet isn’t right. If your aim is weight loss, you need to be making sure you’re eating less calories. It’s that simple. This also means that just because you worked out for an hour in the gym and burnt 500 calories you can’t then go and ‘treat yourself’ to a chocolate bar. You’ll just put those calories back on and all that work will have been for nothing. The most healthy way to lose weight is through steady weight loss, ideally losing between 1-2 lbs per weeks. This type of weight loss only actually requires you to drop between 250-400 calories from your daily intake so you really don’t need to force yourself onto an extreme diet to see good results. Granted it will take longer, but the results are much more sustainable and you will have a much higher chance of keeping the weight off. If you plan to include activity as part of your weight loss plan, make sure that you are eating enough calories to sustain you through a workout. If you find that you’re becoming light-headed, exhausted and unable to really go for it when you exercise you should consider eating...
How to reduce the Christmas party hangover

How to reduce the Christmas party hangover

It’s that time of year again and Christmas parties and get-togethers are in full flow!Festive parties often involve a merry knees up, and whilst a few drinks now and then shouldn’t cause you any harm, overdoing it can and you can end up with the dreaded Christmas hangover. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice your fun so we’re going to look at some ways you can reduce to effects of the Christmas parties. The best way you can prepare for a night out is by making sure you’ve eaten a good meal before hand. Skipping a meal and going straight out might seem like a good idea at the start of the night, but drinking on an empty stomach is just going to lead to you having your head in the toilet by the end of the night. It’s also a good idea to stay hydrated. Alternate between drinks with a glass of water to keep your water levels and prevent your body from become dehydrated – that’s what causes those massive headaches the morning after. When you get home, get a glass of water down you before going to sleep too – you will feel much better for it in the morning. It will also make it easier for your body to get itself back to normal the next day and not leave you feeling as drained all day. Avoid mixing drinks. Ok so this seems obvious now but when drinks are flowing it can be hard to say no! Mixing beers with spirits, wines with beers, etc, it’s going to leave you feeling dreadful. Stick...