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Published Monday Apr 15, 2019 by Lydia Cardona

The Top UK Wellness Questions Searched On Google

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Pilates
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Each month, over 20,000 of us search the web for the terms “wellness” or “well-being,” and more than 144,000 people search for topics relating to yoga, Pilates or fitness¹. That equates to 5,290 searches per day! According to Google Trends, there has been a 147% increase in searches for “well-being” in the past five years and a 114% increase in searches for “wellness.” Yoga and Pilates are both on the up, too, with searches increasing by 55% and 12% respectively since 2013.



Despite all the numbers, it’s evident the U.K. is looking for answers when it comes to their well-being. Whether it’s finding out what type of fitness fits your new routine or simply searching for a new yoga flow to try, our experts at MINDBODY share their insights to some of the web’s most asked questions when it comes to your wellness:


 Q: How can wellness be improved?

A: This is a very broad question; however, MINDBODY’s recent Wellness Index² did identify key areas that people can address to improve overall wellness. The leading factors contributing to low levels of wellness were a lack of time spent outside and a sedentary lifestyle. On average, the nation gets just two hours outside per day, and more than one in ten (13%) spend over nine hours sedentary². So, although there are a range of factors that contribute towards overall wellness, being active and getting more fresh air are two good places to start. 


Q: Why is wellness in the workplace important?

A: According to the Health and Safety’s 2016/17 Labour Force Survey, 526,000 workers were suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2016/17, with 12.5 million working days lost. MINDBODY’s insight2 shows that almost a quarter of the nation (24%) say they are “always stressed or anxious.” Despite this, 78% of people also told MINDBODY they have no corporate fitness or wellness program in place³. Encouraging your company to introduce workplace wellness programs—such as lunchtime yoga classes or massages—could go a long way in supporting the staff’s mental and physical health.


Q: What are good tools for wellness?

A: You don’t necessarily need anything to start improving your wellness, but there are a host of tools out there that can help. Apps like MINDBODY provide easy access to classes and treatments that fit with your lifestyle, while other apps, like Headspace, are great if you want to try meditation or mindfulness.


Q: Why is yoga good for stress?

A: MINDBODY research² has shown that 70% of those who do yoga or Pilates say that exercise relieves stress for them. Both practices encourage people to take time to reflect, as well as teaching breathing techniques that can help to combat feelings of stress and anxiety. The opportunity for more ‘me time’ is one thing that makes yoga such a good tool for combatting stress, with MINDBODY’s Wellness Index² showing a correlation between the amount of mental space people get and improved levels of overall wellness.


Q: Can yoga and Pilates make you stronger?

A: In short, yes. Yoga and Pilates are both great exercises to develop core strength and balance when practiced regularly. Given that many of the poses in yoga and Pilates involve supporting your bodyweight, they are also great dynamic exercises that work various muscles all over your body. With that said, just like any exercise, these benefits come with regular practice so get ready to rediscover your zen.
 
To find out more and to book your next fitness class or wellness service, visit MINDBODY.io or download the MINDBODY app on iOS or Android.

 

Sources:
1. Search Metrics data from May 2018 
2. Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by OnePoll in February 2018 for MINDBODY Wellness Index
3. Answer the Public Data from May 2018

 

Lydia Cardona
Written by
Lydia Cardona
PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
About the author
A self-confessed exercise and sports junkie, Lydia made the transition from fashion to wellness, handling media relations in the U.K. In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hitting up a MINDBODY studio, shopping for houseplants, or walking the family Pomchi.
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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.