6 ways to ease your post-workout soreness

6 ways to ease your post-workout soreness

Take an ice bath   You will come to notice that many pro athletes will hop into an ice bath after an intense workout or game. If they’re doing it, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be doing the same!   The University of Ulster in Northern Ireland conducted 17 clinical trials to take a look at their effectiveness in reducing muscle soreness. The research found that ice baths are, in fact, significantly effective in comparison to just rest.   The ice used helps to reduced any swelling caused by inflamed muscles, helping to reduce overall soreness.   Warm up the body   There has been some debate as to which produces better results between heat and ice therapy. The matter of fact is that both have proven to be effective and so results may vary for individuals.   If you’re feeling quite sore, your muscles are likely overworked and tight. By applying heat, you increase the blood flow around the body. This helps to ease the tightness and decrease the pain.   You could also try a 30-minute or so sauna session to improve circulation around the entire body, as well as providing yourself with a sense of relaxation.   If that sounds good to you, you can try out our sauna by visiting us here.   Protein   You should keep on top of your protein intake before and after serious workouts. Keeping a high-protein diet helps to prevent any soreness that may be recurring or long-lasting.   Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle. This means you’re more likely to recover well post-workout.   Ideally, if...
Why do you deserve a spa day?

Why do you deserve a spa day?

The truth is, you don’t need a reason to treat yourself to a relaxing spa day.   Everyone deserves some time to chill out, relax and get rid of the stresses life builds up.   At Covent Garden Health Spa, combining the exceptional facilities with the soothing ambience means that you will leave feeling like you’re walking on sunshine!   While visiting, you have the choice to spend some quality time with yourself or to actively interact and get to know other guests. Whichever you chose to do, your time in the spa gives you time to reflect and appreciate your surroundings. You can forget about what’s happening on your phone or at work and just take a moment to connect with yourself, with others and with reality!   Both the sauna and the steam room provide you with a range of brilliant long and short-term health benefits when used in the right way. You can find out more about those in this previous blog post. These benefits can be both physical and emotional, so the spa can help to cater to all of your needs!   We also offer a brilliant massage service. Here you can unwind like never before. You can literally feel the tension that has built up for some time release from your body. Whether you’ve just been stressed or you’ve been hitting the gym hard and need to work into some muscles, we’re happy to help.   A day at the spa is also a great way to the detox the body. There’s plenty of activities that let you sweat out some of the...
7 effects of sleep deprivation

7 effects of sleep deprivation

Do you find yourself going through periods where you become sleep deprived?   Before long, you really do start to feel the effect it has on your body. If you’ve already experienced it, you’ll know that you really don’t feel like yourself and getting through the day can be more of a challenge.   In this blog post, we’re going to explore just what happens to your body when you miss sleep.   1. Fatigue   This is the most expected and most obvious effect.   Without sleep, your brain cannot function to its highest potential, therefore making every task, no matter how big or small, take way more out of you.   You’re likely to spend more of the hours that you’re supposed to be alert and performing at your best trying not to fall asleep at work or on your commutes – which can be dangerous!   2. Problems with memory   Sleep allows the brain to form important connections. These connections allow you to process and remember new information, aiding your development as a human being.   Losing sleep regularly will affect the way your brain processes these connections and struggle to create them at all.   Missing sleep too often can have a negative impact on short and long-term memory.   3. Serious mood swings   If you’ve ever had at least one really bad nights sleep, you’ve also probably had at least had one very cranky day.   Losing sleep increases the body’s level of cortisol, the main stress hormone. The more sleep you miss, the more you will develop.   So, naturally, as...
Saunas, steam rooms and skin health.

Saunas, steam rooms and skin health.

Both the sauna and steam room can provide a range of physical and mental benefits for everyone.   One of the main reasons people visit either or both is to improve or maintain great skin health.   In this article, we will explore how each facility can help your skin.   Steam rooms   To survive, our skin cells need water. When entering a steam room, the humidity in the air provides the hydration that our body needs. It enters the top surface layers of the skin, allowing it to be moist and healthy.   If you begin to use the steam room regularly, it is not abnormal for your skin to appear worse the first few times you try it. What you may not realise is that your skin is actually healthier than ever. All of the toxins in your skin are rising to the surface, making it appear unhealthy.   Both steam rooms and saunas are also fantastic for those who suffer from oily skin that is susceptible to acne. They are able to cleanse and detoxify the skin.   Steam rooms in particular help to balance oil production. The moisture in the room can help to plump up the skin, leaving it young and glowing.   As the heat opens up the pores, they become unclogged as the skin starts to sweat.   For ultimate skin health, we recommend visiting the steam room 3 times a week.   Before entering, remember to take a shower so that any external oils, sweat and dead skin can be washed away. It is important that you dry yourself once...
Alternative cardiovascular workouts to running

Alternative cardiovascular workouts to running

There’s no denying it, running just isn’t for everyone. Some don’t enjoy it and others struggle due to injury or fitness levels. That’s not to say that there aren’t a host of other cardiovascular exercises you can try to keep on top of your health and fitness. Here are some below…   Swimming If you’re just getting into cardio, swimming is your best option. It is also a great option for those who are recovering from or prone to injury as it is very low-intensity. When you’re in the water, you do not need to support your own bodyweight as the water will do all the hard work. If you’re new to swimming or a weak swimmer, don’t worry! The advantage of getting in the pool is that there are plenty of flotation devices available to help you. Swimming is a fantastic option as it can really push your cardiovascular limit to the max. While you are swimming, every one of your upper body muscles is being worked as well. At the same time, it puts no impact on your joints. It’s a great form of resistance training.   Cycling The great thing about cycling is the different options it offers. You can go mountain biking, road biking, you can attend a spin class or you can take things at your own pace using a stationary bike at the gym. Overall, cycling will produce cardiovascular benefits without adding stress to your joints like running will. It also sheds a lot of calories and builds and strengthens your glutes, thighs and legs. Cycling can also be the start of a...
How to fight everyday stress

How to fight everyday stress

The world we live in today is extremely fast-paced and busy.   It is no surprise that so many of us feel the full effects of stress on a daily basis! But there are things we can do to start living a healthier and happier lifestyle.   Prioritise important activities Sometimes, it can be hard to balance work and private life. If you don’t value priorities, you can make your life more difficult in the long run. By deciding which of the upcoming tasks that need completing are most important, you can make sure that things are done on time and to the best quality possible. Finding that balance means you shouldn’t have to overwhelm yourself with work or with or with plans that you’ve made. Plan more If you want your life to feel easier as you go through it, learn to organise your time. Whether it’s just the next day, the next week or even the next month – knowing what to expect when you enter a new day decreases your anxieties and allows you to avoid stressing over small details. Talk to people about how you are feeling There is absolutely no shame in seeking help when you’re under a lot of stress. If you just try to deal with it yourself you may just escalate the problem or develop unhealthy coping mechanisms. If stress is seriously taking a toll on your life, find someone to confide in. This can be a doctor, counsellor, friends or family! It is not uncommon to have insecurities or to feel like things are getting on top of you. Find...