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

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

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

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

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...

Use the Christmas holidays to rest and refresh yourself

2016 is nearly over and there’s never been a better time to kick back and relax before the start of 2017. At The Stable we offer our male visitors an ideal place to escape and give themselves the time to unwind in central London. We know how hard you’ve worked all year, so we make sure that the facilities we provide give you everything you need to really relax. Our state-of-the-art sauna and steam room are particular visitor favourites, especially during the cold winter months. Both the sauna and the steam room offer similar benefits thanks to the heat they generate. Research has shown that regular use of saunas and steam rooms can help to improve cardiovascular health, boost the immune system and also help to regulate stress levels. Another benefit of these heat facilities, especially during the winter months, is that they help to refresh and clear out the skin leaving it much softer and smoother. The Stable is also home to one of London’s largest spa pools. Thanks to its size, many of our visitors take advantage of being able to really socialise with and get to know other guests. Physically the water can help to relieve sore and tired muscles as the water will balance out the weight of your body so it doesn’t have to work as hard. The pool jets also gently massage the body so that when you get out you’ll leave feeling wonderfully relaxed. Speaking of massages, our professional masseurs are on hand to provide you with the most relaxing experience that you deserve after working hard all year. Similar to our...

Food and drink to beat the Christmas hangover

Christmas parties are great, but the hangover the next day – not so much. When you’re struggling with typical hangover symptoms including like nausea, headaches, aches and sensitivity to light, you always feel that moment of regret and the ‘never-evers’. A hangover is caused by the changes in your body which occur when you drink alcohol. The toxic chemical in alcohol are essentially poison to the body and cause hormonal and chemical reactions which make you feel like rubbish the following morning. There’s no one cure for hangovers, but there are things you can do to try and reduce the effects of alcohol. We’re going to look at some of the food and drinks to stock up on this December to help avoid the hangover, but also the things to avoid. The Good Water: your body is majoritively water and when you drink alcohol you dehydrate your body (this is what gives you that pounding morning after headache). Help fight the dreaded sore head by alternating drinks with water during the night, and drink a glass last thing before bed and first thing in the morning. Ginger tea: when it comes to sickness symptoms, ginger tea is a favourite. Ginger tea has been found to help reduce feelings of sickness and settle the stomach. Eggs: eggs are full of taurine, which is great for boosting your liver’s function and also prevent liver disease. As your liver has to work especially hard when you drink alcohol it’s definitely worth giving it an extra hand. Bananas: full of potassium, bananas are perfect for refuelling depleted electrolyte sources caused by alcohol. Even...

Relax this Christmas at The Stable

Christmas is often a busy time and it can be overwhelming. At The Stable, we know how important it is to find time to relax and take a break from busy schedules. We also know how hard it can be find the time, especially with constant invitations, but sometimes saying no isn’t the worst thing you can do. Here’s why. There’s nothing wrong with being busy, however if you’re too busy and you’re not giving yourself time to relax you’re going to end up tiring yourself out. This can leave you feeling drained of energy, lacking motivation and also no longer enjoying what should be fun. Feelings like this if prolonged can potentially lead to stress and other problems. Instead of dragging yourself out to every event, miss one or two and do something that’s just for you. It could be having an evening on the sofa, doing some gentle exercise or even just going for a quiet drink with someone. Of course, at The Stable we offer a range of facilities which will really help you unwind and rest both your body and mind, including a sauna, steam room and one of London’s largest spa pools. By taking the time out to relax, you’re a lot less likely to burnout – you don’t want to get past Christmas and realise you haven’t got the same energy for New Year’s Eve! Although you may still be there physically, if you’re tired out you won’t be able to enjoy things in the same way. You also risk affecting your health, as being overly tired can leave you feeling run down...

Food that will help you avoid the Christmas guilt

The Christmas feast is viewed as one of the most indulgent and calorific events of the year and it traditionally doesn’t fit into any healthy eating routine – but can it? Whilst many of our festive favourites are loaded with fat, there are certain things which are actually good you and are things your body will thank you for! When loading up your plate, don’t feel bad for piling on the turkey. Turkey is surprisingly good with it being high in protein (even more than chicken) and it’s low in fat. It’s also loaded with niacin which is great for keeping cholesterol levels down and keeping your heart healthy.  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the vegetables and as much as you may try to avoid them you should definitely fill you plate with greens! High in essential vitamins and nutrients, vegetables likes sprouts, carrots, swede and cabbage will keep you feeling fresh over the festive feast. You may also be surprised to learn that festive favourite roast potatoes can be good for you. They are low in saturated fat and a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, folate and fibre. Although avoid the duck fat roasties and opt for the ones cooked in vegetable, or even better, coconut oil, to benefit.   As it’s Christmas, of course you want to indulge, however you can still eat well and enter the New Year without feeling as...

Why you should give yourself the gift of relaxation this Christmas

It seems we spend all of December running around buying gifts for others, but what about you? We believe that as well as spoiling others during the festive period, it’s important to treat yourself too. At The Stable we provide visitors with the perfect environment to sit back and unwind – whether you want to relax in the heat of the sauna or just enjoy a few drinks in our Lounge Bar. So we’ve said you should let yourself relax, but why? Over the Christmas period, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and a lot of people can start to feel stressed. If minor stress isn’t addressed it can linger and end up becoming long-term and have a much bigger impact on your mood and health – definitely not something you need at Christmas and over New Year! Keep yourself on top form and give yourself a couple of evenings to just relax in the run up to Christmas – trust us you will feel much better for it! The Stable is located in central London, and we aim to ensure that all of our male visitors relax and get the most from their visit. We provide access to a state-of-the-art sauna, a steam room, wet rooms, a video room and also one of London’s largest spa pools. Relax with others or take some quiet time for yourself – it’s completely up to you! Keeping your stress levels down is important not just for your emotional well being, but also for your physical health. You’re much more likely to feel motivated and be ready to take on all those parties....

Reduce aches and pains caused by the cold

As the weather gets colder, some may find that the weather causes their joints to stiffen up and they may also notice they are more prevalent to aches and pains. It can be hard enough to drag yourself out of the house in the cold weather, but these aches and pains can really affect your daily activities. At The Stable, we don’t believe that this should have to stop you enjoying your free time. Our facilities can provide visitors with the respite they need from the cold and they can also help to soothe those troublesome pains caused by the winter weather. Sauna and steam room These rooms are set to an optimum temperature – they allow you to benefit from a high heat but one that isn’t unbearable. This heat causes your blood flow to improve which means that nutrients and oxygen are delivered around the body much more quickly allowing your joints and muscles to soak up what they need to heal themselves. The heat also helps to release endorphins, which acts as the body’s natural morphine, helping to reduce pain and leave you feeling great. Spa pool Spa pools can benefit people who tend to be quite active – whether it’s through playing a lot of sport or even just by being on their feet at work all day. The cold can lead to stiff joints and achy muscles around the body preventing you from carrying out everyday activities or taking part in sports. Relaxing in the warm pool can help relieve these pains. When sitting in the spa pool the natural buoyancy of the water...

Benefit your health with better sleep

You have a good diet and regularly workout – that’s enough to keep you healthy isn’t it? New research has found that this isn’t enough. A major factor to your health is the amount of sleep you’re getting, so no matter how good your diet is or how often you go to the gym, if you don’t get the right amount of sleep you’re not going to benefit as you should. A recent study conducted holds that even just missing one night’s sleep can be more damaging than six months of bad eating. The reason for this is because sleep deprivation has a negative effect on your body’s insulin sensitivity levels, which can affect your metabolism and also increase your chances of becoming obese or developing diabetes. Your body needs a good sleeping pattern to maintain balance and function properly. What can you do you make sure you’re getting the sleep you need? Ideally, you need to develop a regular sleeping pattern which you can follow. The human body likes routine, and once you get it used to going to bed at say 11pm and getting up at 7am it’ll come as second nature to you. It’ll also mean you get the full amount of sleep you need and you’ll feel much fresher in yourself. Missing sleep and catching up with long lie ins is no good. In fact by doing this you will end up disrupting your body clock and end up feeling more lethargic. If you struggle with sleep there are some things you can do to help you drift off. Make sure your bedroom is cool...