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17th January 2023

As we get further into the new year, you may have exciting plans to boost your health and wellbeing for the months ahead. Many new faces have appeared in local gyms and leisure centres, as more of us set out to accomplish New Year resolutions and get fit.

Research shows that 95% of New Year resolutions are fitness related – be that exercising more, eating more healthily, or cutting down on alcohol.

Reducing alcohol intake is one of the most common resolutions in the UK, with numerous benefits for your mental health, physical wellbeing and performance when exercising.

To get you starting the new year on the right foot, our latest blog shares our top tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout 2023.

A healthy heart

You might think that a regular glass of red wine or other alcoholic beverages might be good for your heart, but that’s only true for the lightest of sippers who only dabble with less than one drink per day.

Any more than that and you may increase your chances of having high blood pressure, increased levels of body fat, and a greater chance of heart failure. By avoiding heavy drinking, you can help to improve the health of your cardiovascular system and prevent alcohol-related heart damage. Healthier body, healthier heart and a healthier mind!

Rest and recharge

Sleep is one of the most important tools in your arsenal when you’re looking to keep fit and healthy. As important as regular exercise and healthy eating habits, sleep can benefit your overall mood, concentration, and performance.

Not getting enough sleep has been linked to a higher risk of developing certain diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease, as well as having a serious impact on your ability to focus.

Establishing set bedtimes, avoiding screens in the bedroom, and avoiding excessive caffeine or alcohol intake can all help with getting into a healthy sleep routine.  

The more rest and recovery you are getting, the more refreshed you feel to get up and attack the day!

Get some fresh air

It may be difficult to enjoy the great outdoors in dark and chilly January, but as the nights get shorter and with spring round the corner, take advantage of the brighter days and spend time outside.

Time spent in the outdoors, and especially in green spaces such as parks, woods or the beach, can help to lower stress and improve mood.

Being in sunlight helps to regulate our internal body clock – helping our sleep patterns at night – as well as giving a much-needed boost of vitamin D (also known as the sunshine vitamin). The physical exercise of walking, cycling or running outdoors can also raise serotonin levels in the brain, elevating feelings of happiness and wellbeing.

Try taking a quick stroll during your lunch break or visiting your local nature reserve at the weekends. Even short periods in the fresh air can help you feel calmer and more productive.

Visit us

The City Baths hosts a state-of-the-art gym and fitness studios, unique group exercise programme and relaxing swimming pool – take a look on our Instagram to see for yourself. We’re not your typical warehouse gym. Our fantastic members have helped us create a friendly atmosphere where everyone talks and helps drive each other forward!

Fancy working towards a healthier mind, healthier body and healthier heart in 2023? Why not do it right in the heart of the city! There’s no better time to join The City Baths family as we have two limited time offers on memberships – you can get either two weeks or two months free* – you choose! Follow the link to find out more from one of our team:

*T&Cs apply.