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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.