Monday, March 27, 2023

Mental Health Awareness Month: Take Advantage of the Sauna

Mental Health Awareness Month is wrapping up, but you can continue incorporating the tips we presented this month into your wellness routine every day! This week’s focus is taking advantage of the mental health benefits of the sauna.

Saunas are staples at any luxury gym and icons of Nordic culture, but the benefits go way beyond indulgence. Regular use of the sauna can aid in calming your nervous system, boosting serotonin levels, relieving stress, and lowering high blood pressure and cortisol levels. In other words, regularly incorporating a sauna session into your wellness routine can help decrease stress and anxiety. In today’s hectic world, any excuse to relax is more than welcome.

Champions Club members don’t have to travel to the icy fjords of Finland to find a world-class sauna. The Aquatics Center at Champions Club offers members a beautiful 104-degree coal-heated sauna! Feel like you are enjoying the best of Nordic culture right here in Southlake and take advantage of the anti-stress benefits of the sauna today!

If you want to experience the relaxing benefits of a sauna but aren’t a Champions Club member yet, stop by the Front Desk and ask for a Day Pass. Our Day Pass program offers youth, adult, senior, and group Day Pass rates starting at $7.00 for Southlake residents. Learn more here.

We hope you have enjoyed our Mental Health Awareness Month series. Make sure to take time to work on your mental health to keep you in tip-top shape. We look forward to being a part of your wellness journey!

Mental Health Awareness Month: Eat Healthy

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re focusing on eating with mental health in mind.

Food is an integral part of our daily routines. It provides the fuel to keep powering through the day and the necessary social time to connect with our community. We all know that good nutrition is key to feeling our physical best, but did you know that there is a connection between diet and mental health?

A well-balanced diet helps us think clearly and improves concentration. When you are eating what’s best for you, you feel your best because you have the energy to fuel your brain. Conversely, not eating well leads to fatigue and can even heighten stress. When we experience stress, we often crave processed foods. In return, processed foods train our brain to crave more processed foods. As you put mental health to the forefront this month and beyond, make sure to include a healthy diet plan into your mental health toolbox!

If you are struggling to find the right balance in your nutrition, make sure to check out our registered Dietitian at Champions Club! Janna Weaver, RDN, LD is available to provide nutritional guidance as you work towards improving your mental health. Janna holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Louisiana Tech University and certifications from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics in Pediatric and Adult Weight Management. She specializes in weight loss management, adult nutrition, and corporate wellness.

Don’t feel intimidated to begin your nutritional journey. Janna’s realistic approach provides you with flexible eating plans personalized to your lifestyle and routine.

Champions Club members can choose from three different packages with Janna. Each package requires a minimum of three sessions. During your initial session, you will discuss your InBody results, medical history, and current nutrition and lifestyle habits. You also get a goal-setting session that includes an action plan, eating strategy, and helpful resources. You then get at least two or more follow-up sessions to review your progress and discuss overcoming challenges.

When it comes to finding the right nutrition plan, you don’t have to go at it alone. Champions Club is here to help you develop the perfect mental health routine for wherever you are in your journey. Take the first step and schedule a session with Janna! Learn more here.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Exercise for Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this week’s tip is to exercise!

It’s no secret that exercising is great when you want to improve your physical health. However, it is also an extraordinary habit to build to maintain your mental health as well. Apart from all the physical benefits of a regular exercise routine, working out is advantageous for your mental well-being.

Completing a new or challenging workout can feel like a huge accomplishment. However, even mild exercise can have terrific results on your mental health. For example, a regular exercise routine can help fight anxiety, depression, and stress! Working out builds endorphins, promotes neural growth, and serves as a distraction from the day-to-day grind. Physical activity can reduce anxiety by relieving tension and stress and giving your mind something to focus on. But that’s not all. Exercising leads to sharper memory, higher self-esteem, improved energy, and better sleep—all crucial components of mental health.

If you’re ready to invest in your well-being, then look no further than Champions Club! Our world-class staff is here to support you in every aspect of your wellness journey. Ease into fitness with one of our group fitness classes or small group training. If you’re more into individual workouts, check out our private exercise studios, cardio equipment, free weights, and weight machines! No matter where you are in your fitness journey, our staff is here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

Not a part of our Champions Club family yet? Join today and take advantage of our complimentary fitness assessments! The assessment includes a body composition test, a flexibly and aerobic capacity assessment, as well as a Blood Pressure reading. What better way to gain peace of mind about your overall wellness than to be armed with knowledge?

Exercising is a vital step in maintaining your mental and physical health, no matter how you like to get active. Make a vow to incorporate exercise into your routine this month and beyond!

Mental Health Awareness Month: Take a Walk Outside

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. We want to emphasize the small habits you can build daily to maintain your mental health.

Life can get stressful, and with the everyday hustle and bustle, it’s easy to put our mental well-being on the back burner. In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to highlight some steps you can implement to take care of your mental health this month and beyond. Taking a walk outside is an easy habit you can incorporate into your routine to improve your mental health. With an estimated 1,200 acres of dedicated parkland and over 6 miles of trails, the possibilities for walking in Southlake are endless!

While there are many benefits of walking outdoors, the biggest ones go beyond the advantages of being physically active. Your brain benefits tremendously from outdoor hikes and excursions. For example, just getting a few minutes of fresh air a day helps improve brain function and concentration. For those of us who spend most of our time indoors, this is especially important. Not only does walking outdoors increase productivity, but exposure to Vitamin D is also crucial for healthy brain activity. Of course, one of the best benefits of walking outside is that it’s fun! Getting fresh air and taking in the sounds of nature is a great way to take a break and reduce stress.

The Parks division has made it easy to incorporate this habit into your mental health routine. Our parks and trail system has the perfect walking path for everyone. Bicentennial Park and Bob Jones Park are crowd favorites due to their beautiful trails and recreational opportunities; however, there are many hidden gems throughout the city.

Check out the southwest side of town by walking around the pond at Chesapeake Park. If nature trails are more your thing, you can always hike at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve or explore the wetland areas of Gateway Lakes Park. For a more urban feel, combine your next shopping spree with a stroll along the paths of Family Park in Southlake Town Square.

Whatever your preference may be, there is a walking path in Southlake for you. Commit to taking time for your mental health by walking outside for at least 10 minutes every day! Get a comprehensive list of our parks and facilities here.