How Going to a Gym and Spa Can Change Your Mental Outlook





In a world full of social media, instant reaction, debate and assumption, it is often hugely important to find the facts before coming to your own conclusion about something.

And facts are never more important than when discussing mental health. Here are some of the alarming facts about mental health in the United Kingdom.

  • 25% of the U.K. population experience a mental health problem every year, according to leading charity MIND.
  • 13% of all absence days at work can be attributed to mental health problems, according to mentalhealth.org.
  • Antidepressant prescription in the United Kingdom have doubled over the last decade, from 36 million to 71 million total subscriptions.

A brief look at these three facts will tell you that there is a serious issue in the U.K. with regards to mental health.

However, the positive news is that there are a number of ways to help relieve the burden of mental health for almost every individual…and two of the most proven combatants are exercise and relaxation.

How does exercise help?

Well it is simple science really. When you undertake physical activity, both oxygen and endorphins are released into your brain at a higher rate than when you are sedentary. The latter of these is literally the ‘feel good’ chemical that your brain receives when it is stimulated by something. Therefore, the more you exercise, the more chance of being scientifically ‘happier’.

Can spa days really help?

For some, absolutely! With the world around us becoming faster, louder and more technologically driven, we very rarely give our brains the chance to slow down. By utilising spa facilities like those at The Lab, you can switch off from the chaos of everyday life and just…do nothing!

From a simple 30-minute swim or sauna, to a full body massage or facial treatment, time at a spa will truly rejuvenate you and potentially have an impact on the weight of your mental fatigue.

It is therefore a really good idea to sign up to a health club that offers both gym and spa facilities, like The Lab.

It should be noted that some people with mental health issues may not want to go down this route and that is fine too. This is simply an idea that could help those who are struggling and want something to help battle their problems.

So, what can The Lab specifically offer those who want to use the gym and spa to improve their mental outlook?

Well, a state-of-the-art gym, with Olympic standard equipment, and a team of friendly personal trainers should help get you settled and offer tailored, expert training to anyone who wants it. In addition, there is a juice bar on-site for pre- or post-workout nutrition and a number of gym classes schedule every week.

The Lab also has comprehensive spa facilities including luxury treatment rooms, twin spa baths, Scandinavian saunas, marble steam rooms and a poolside relaxation area.

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