Detoxify at The Stable after your holiday

Holiday season is upon us again! It’s that time of year where we can take a week or two away from work and just relax in the sun with no stress. It’s also the time to enjoy the culinary delights and drinks of the places we visit and it’s common to go a little overboard – well you are on holiday! Whilst it seems like a great idea at the time, when you get home from your holiday along with the post-holiday deflation, you may also feel the guilt of any over-indulgence. In this article we’re going to look at how you can boost yourself from your holiday blues and refresh your body after your indulgences at The Stable. Our luxury spa pool is a great place to start. You can really unwind in the warm water and allow it to ease any aches and pains – well we don’t know what you get up to on holiday! The heat also helps to release endorphins and improve blood flow leaving you feeling super happy and relaxed. Following the spa pool, a session in the steam room and sauna is a great way to refresh your skin. Again, like the spa pool, aches and pains are soothed and blood flow increases, but the heat from these facilities also causes the body to push out all the unwanted toxins. A good heat session will leave your skin glowing and you feeling much more refreshed – almost as if those holiday drinks never happened! If you really want a post-holiday treat, you could enjoy a wonderfully relaxing massage. This will really work...

Muscles don’t just look good – they offer a host of health benefits

For many, the aim of muscle building is to look good, however by building up your strength and enhancing your muscle’s definition you’re also going to improve your health. If you’re trying to lean up bulking up may seem contradictory, however increased muscle mass can actually lead to improved rates of fat loss. To keep these bigger, stronger muscles functioning properly your body will need to use up more energy therefore requiring a higher number of calories – approximately 50 calories extra per additional pound of muscle. This improved metabolic rates means your body will be much more efficient at burning fat so you can achieve that leaner, toned physique. Ageing causes the body to naturally lose muscle, with an estimated 10% being lost by 50 and potentially rising to 15% by 60. Regular strength training can help to slow this process and enable your body to cope better with age. It also helps to preserve balance and prevent joint injury later in life which can lead to a much more independent lifestyle. At The Stable we recognise the importance of maintaining muscle health for a healthy and active lifestyle, so we offer a range of facilities and services which can help you take care of your muscles during rest and recovery periods. Our sauna and steam room are ideal for a post-workout session as the heat will help to loosen up tense muscle and soothe any soreness. The increased heat also speeds up blood flow meaning that oxygen and nutrients can be delivered around the body much more efficiently for quicker recovery. We also offer our male visitors...

Steam rooms: how can you benefit from them?

Steam rooms are a great place to relax, but did you know that they could also offer a number of other health benefits? If you regularly work out, steam rooms can really help you make some serious gains. Intense training is hugely rewarding, however if doing it properly it comes with tired, sore muscles and increasing recovery periods. This can be frustrating for those who just want to get on it – so this is where a regular steam room session can come in handy. The recovery period needs to happen, there’s no escaping that. However, regular use of a steam room can help to speed up this recovery period so you can hit the weights sooner. The heat of the steam room encourages better blood flow so your tired muscles will receive more of the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal themselves at a much quicker rate. This can also help to soothe those initial post-workout aches and pains often felt. Steam rooms can also offer those suffering with respiratory problems some respite. The high heat helps to relieve mucus pressure in the body which can offer those suffering with the likes of asthma and bronchitis some relief. With summer practically upon us, you’ll want to look your best and regular steam room use can help. We previously mentioned the increased blood flow, which as well as benefiting you internally, it can also help freshen up and detox your skin. The heat and increased blood flow helps to open up the pores, so you’ll be able cleanse yourself of impurities and it can be especially beneficial to...

Why a micro-sauna session can give you the boost you need

Are there times when you feel like all you do is work and you don’t have the time to enjoy anything for yourself? If so, you could benefit from joining us on your lunch break! Micro-sauna sessions can be just as, if not more, beneficial as a long spa day – let’s look at why. We know that saunas are a top choice for relaxation – the quiet, warm environment makes them the perfect hideout to escape from everyday stresses. So why would a shorter lunch time visit be better than a longer afternoon? To start off with, if you’re constantly on-the-go it’s much easier to fit in a quick 30 – 60 minutes than it is to schedule a full day away from your usual activities. Also, if you’re feeling pressured at work it’s a great way to break up your routine, give you a break and help relieve stress. If left to build up, stress can cause you no end of problems, both mental and physical, so if you can you should try to do what you can to keep these feelings at bay. By taking a break and enjoying a micro-sauna session mid-way through the day you give your mind a chance to unwind and just focus on you for a short time. Whilst it may not seem much at the time, you’ll find that on your return to work you’re more likely to feel much more motivated and ready to go. It’s also a great way to make sure you actually take your break and don’t get dragged into working through your lunch – you’d...

Why rest days are important to optimum male health

Rest days aren’t just an excuse to escape the gym – they are actually a vital element of a healthy workout routine. If you’re pushing your body as hard as you can on a regular basis it’s going to need to recover and it’s during rest days that this happens. As dedicated as you may be to your training, you need to be careful of overworking yourself. If you do, you’ll be much more prone to fatigue and more likely to burn out – and that’s not going to get you the results you want! Whether you’re bulking up your muscle or aiming to shed a few pounds, a day off will do wonders for you and help you achieve the results you want. Let’s start with the first benefit of rest days – preventing boredom. If you’re pushing yourself on your new health kick every single day with no change you will eventually find the routine monotonous. As well as causing motivation levels to drop, your body will also get used to this same routine and begin to adapt to it. Sure it may be able to handle it much better, but you’ll stop seeing those gains you saw in the first months of your health routine! Take a break from your routine, have a day to recover and return with a fresh approach. It also helps to keep mixing up your routines for best results. Your body needs time to recover from extreme levels of activity, whether that’s through pounding the treadmill or benching weights. Muscle fatigue is a real thing and if you don’t address it...

Don’t underestimate a good night’s sleep when it comes to male health

Getting a good night’s sleep is more important than you might think as you can benefit in a number of ways from fitting in your regular eight hours. Sleeping well every night will help you reduces stress and improve your motivation levels. It’s no secret that if you’re lacking sleep, you are much more prone to bad moods and feeling the effects of stress. Everyone is different so the amount of sleep you’ll need will be personal to you, however the average amount of sleep needed tends to range between six to nine hours per night. Try to avoid hitting the sack after midnight, as it’s been suggested that your body and vital organs perform important functions in the small hours of the night and they will be much more efficient if you’re asleep during this time. Also, as tempting as it may be, don’t be tempted by long lie-ins when you have a day off. This will only push your sleeping routine out of sync and you’ll pay for it later when you try to get back into it! A good night’s sleep can also improve your immune system. Those who lack sleep are more likely to suffer with ill health. This is due the fact that during the time we are awake the body’s cells are working hard to keep you awake, so they can’t focus on protecting you from germs – there’s a reason why sleep is always recommended when you fall ill with any cold or virus. You also stand a better chance of gaining control your weight when you have a set sleeping routine....

Feel fresh with regular sauna visits

It’s common for people visit the sauna maybe a few times a year as a treat, however regular sauna visits can actually be more beneficial to your health than you may think. Improved mood Visiting a sauna on a regular basis is great way to help improve your general mood. Everyday life can be stressful with many of us spending most of our days trying to make time for work, spending time with family and trying to have a social life. This can cause feelings of stress, so this is where the sauna comes in. Taking the time out on a regular basis for some down time can really help to clear the mind and allow you to deal with stressful feelings much more effectively. The heat and the quiet of a sauna is the perfect place to unwind and escape, and without any other distractions it’s much easier to let go of things – even if it’s just for a short while. Stronger immune system Regular sessions at the sauna can also improve your immune system. During your time in the sauna your body will start to produce more white blood cells which will help fight against infections and ailments. Those who use a sauna once a week are more likely to have stronger immune systems than those who don’t. Speeds up recovery time For those who exercise on daily basis the sauna can also benefit their workout. When we take on physical activity our muscles need time to recover to grow and become stronger. If we relax in a sauna for at least 20 minutes after a...

What can you do to keep your body on top form?

Your body is the most important thing you own so it is a good idea to treat your body like a temple. Taking good care of your health and fitness will make you look and feel better both physically and mentally. One of the main things you need to control – and that you also have the most control over, is what you put into your body. It’s no secret that junk food and sugary drinks are no good for your health – they cause weight gain, bad skin, drops in energy levels and can cause you to feel demotivated and even depressed. You need to make sure you are eating the foods that are good for you and will enable you to feed your body with nutrients and calories it needs. Eating three healthy meals a day is key and will make it much easier to maintain a balanced diet. With 60% of the body being made up of water it comes as no surprise that water is incredibly important to in keeping good health. Essential functions like breathing and sweating cause us to lose water on a daily basis and if the body isn’t rehydrated regularly you’ll start to feel it. Without the right amount of water organs can’t function as normal. It is advised that you drink at least five glasses of water a day to keep yourself in top condition. Whilst drinks such as tea, coffee and juices are hydrating, water will always remain the best and most preferable option as there are no calories, sugars, preservatives or caffeine in it. Generally speaking, an inactive...

The healthiest foods you should be eating

Eating the right foods can make a big difference to how you feel. If you eat a lot of junk food you’re more likely to end up feeling sluggish whilst eating plenty of nutritious and vitamin rich foods can leave you feeling more energetic. There are certain foods which can have more of a benefit than others, so we’re going to look at our top five. Eggs Eggs are packed full of nutrients that are great for your health, including the nine essential amino-acids, omega 3 and protein. Forget what you may have been told when you were younger as well – yolks are not the enemy. In fact, if you leave the yolks and just eat the egg whites you’re missing on 90% of the eggs nutrients. Don’t worry about cholesterol – new studies have shown that dietary cholesterol doesn’t actually affect cholesterol levels in the blood. So go ahead and enjoy your eggs! Watercress Watercress is much more than just a garnish for your sandwich or salad – these little leaves are packed full of calcium, fibre, protein and vitamin C. The antioxidant properties of watercress also make this food extremely appealing for the health conscious. Healthy bones, good digestion and energy – who wouldn’t want to benefit from eating watercress? Sesame Seeds It turns out that although they may be small, sesame seeds are loaded with nutrients  and antioxidants which can help your body heal and detox itself as well as help prevent premature ageing. Sesame seeds are also high in zinc which gives the immune system a boost. Broccoli Just one serving of broccoli can...

Why sleep is important for your health and what you can do to improve it

Sleep is exceptionally important to your health, but during the light summer evenings it’s easy to keep yourself up and miss out on the sleep your body needs. However with the dark winter nights drawing in you can get yourself back into a good sleeping routine. Research has found that ideally you want to be getting between seven to nine hours sleep per night – the exact amount will vary with everyone. Without a good amount of sleep you’ll find yourself affected both physically and mentally. Lack of sleep can cause you to lose motivation, which of course can affect all areas of your life. It will also drain you of your energy levels, leaving you constantly feeling tired and can even affect your mood. Low energy levels also mean your body won’t be able to perform as it should. The darker nights can of course help with getting into a regular sleeping pattern, as your body is naturally wired to want rest and sleep when the sun goes down. You’ll also find that your sleeps may be much deeper and less disturbed due to the long, dark mornings. Of course a change in light isn’t the solution to a good night’s sleep for everybody, so we’re going to look at a few things you can do help you drift off and hibernate this winter! Look at your sleeping environment For a good night’s sleep you should try and create an optimum environment. As tempting as it may be to keep the heating on full at night, try to keep your room cool. To shut off and rest your...

Which one should you choose – the sauna or steam room?

It’s a question some may ask themselves – is the sauna or the steam room better for you? They can be seen as the same in that they both utilise high temperatures to induce sweating and increase the heart rate, which can both improve health and also help visitors relax. At The Stable, we offer our male visitors the option of both facilities, but is one better than the other? Let’s start with the sauna. Saunas create dry heat and generally tend to high a much higher temperature. Saunas will often have vents allowing fresh air into the room to prevent it from becoming too humid, something which can be a problem for steam rooms, and uncomfortable. When using a sauna, you can expect the heat to encourage better blood flow which in turn can lead to an improve in your skin’s health. Those with oily skin have been known to benefit more from saunas as the higher temperatures helps to clear the skin of waste and excess moisture. The improved blood flow can also benefit your cardiovascular health, helping make your heart stronger. Steam rooms, as mentioned, have an pretty much identical function to saunas, the main difference here is that they create moist heat with lower temperatures than saunas. Again, the heat improves blood flow so you’re still getting the same health benefits as the sauna. The difference however in the steam room’s advantage is for those with dry skin and respiratory and congestion problems. Dry skin can be improved as the added moisture in the room will hydrate it and leave it feeling much smoother. The...

Visiting a spa? Here’s what you need to know

Spas are extremely popular for those looking to unwind and relax. If you’re looking pay a visit to a spa, here are some things you should know to make sure you get the most out of your visit. Before going to a spa you are advised not to consume alcohol, as you are more likely to suffer an injury or ill health whilst visiting. You should also try to eat a light meal before, otherwise a heavy meal may end up leaving you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Make sure you stay hydrated when visiting too. Steam rooms and saunas cause you to sweat a lot so you do lose a lot of hydration and if not replenished can leave you feeling light headed and nauseous. Try to drink a cup of water in between each 10 – 15 minute session. If you’re going to treat yourself to a massage you should prepare your body. Before your massage, go for a warm shower as they will help to loosen up your muscles and enable you to get the most from your massage experience. At The Stable, our male masseurs will make sure all knots and tension are worked out so you leave feeling completely relaxed. When visiting a spa, it’s important to make sure you are always comfortable and don’t push yourself to do anything that doesn’t feel right. For example, a lot of people like the idea of a firm massage, but some people’s bodies aren’t up for it. Don’t do it because you think you should, do what feels good for you. Similarly, some people can stay in...