Spa days are beginning to be one of the great social trends of the 21st century, as can be seen by the many blogs, tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts of our fellow Londoners taking a break from their hectic city life to indulge in a bit of pampering. This may be a current obsession, but the root of a spa day will forever come from the bath houses of ancient Rome and Greece.
Back then, only the very wealthy would be able to own their own private bath house, so men from all social classes would meet at a public bath house to exercise in the adjacent gymnasium, enjoy a sauna session and bathe in the heated pools. Of course, personal hygiene was the main reason for the long afternoons men spent pampering themselves, but it was also largely a social activity, for men and women to separately bond with others in their community. The Romans found spas so essential that they built many in England, most famously in Bath, but also for the benefit of their soldiers at Hadrian’s Wall on the border of Scotland.
Fast forward to the present and it seems that women are beginning to enjoy the benefits of a spa day, more so than men. The theme of bonding with friends and family at the spa remains a key aspect of a Spa day and at Blue Harbour Health Club and Spa we love to see groups of ladies coming to celebrate a birthday, a pregnancy or simply for a relaxing catch up.
What makes the day so special for our spa day ladies? It could be our friendly service, beautifully heated pool and wet spa areas or luxurious amenities. But sharing the experience with a loved one is what will undoubtedly continue to increase the popularity of spa days for years to come.
Until next week…
There’s no denying it; the advancement of technology and online media is changing the way that we exercise, but going back to basics may be just what we need?
Just a decade ago, if you went for a run that is exactly what you did. Nowadays, going for a run entails strapping on your newest fitness gadget (wristbands seem to be on trend right now), putting on your carefully selected music playlist, followed by some actual running and then back home to upload your workout efforts onto a social platform – sounds great!
We believe keeping records of your workouts is an excellent way to see how you are progressing and knowing that you have friends and family tracking you online and supporting your goals are a fantastic motivator.
Although does concentrating your mind on your heart rate, running pace and favourite tune stop you from being able to truly enjoy exercising, from feeling the rush of endorphins, hearing that satisfying beat of your feet on the ground?
At Blue Harbour Health Club & Spa, we have the equipment and know-how to help you use both technology and the ‘basics’ to track your progress without being invasive.
Our scales not only measure weight but body fat percentage, the cardio machines are capable of taking your heart rate, or we have a heart rate monitor for free style training and free weight exercises. Plus we can recommend some great ‘tech-free’ fitness programmes you can try that will capture how well you perform certain exercises.
But for those of you who really have your heart set on being the fittest person on your newsfeed, there is a wealth of fitness apps we can recommend too!
To find out more or to look in to your fitness options drop by and see us at Blue Harbour Health Club and Spa.
Until next week… happy training!