Open 7 Days a Week
Call us: 01422 846088
Open 7 Days a Week
Call us: 01422 846088

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ABOUT US

Located on Valley Road in the heart of Hebden Bridge,
Waterside Gym is an independent gym and fitness centre.

Waterside Gym was established in 1990 and has been running successfully since then despite having various owners over the years. Waterside Gym is also a well established Ballet Centre run by Helen Wilman School of Dance.

 

We offer a wide range of activities so that we can cater for all members of the community. We have very able and approachable instructors, all fully qualified, who are always at hand if you need anything.

 

All full members are entitled to as many sessions they feel they need with a qualified instructor, focusing on fitness, strength and flexibility as well as reviewing progress. Whatever your ability or experience, we will tailor an exercise programme to meet your individual needs. We can also advise on nutrition and weight management.

 

Children from age 13 can join the gym with parental consent and supervision until they are 15.

 

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“WE OFFER A UNIQUE PERSONAL APPROACH WHICH IS SIMPLY NOT AVAILABLE IN BIGGER COMMERCIAL GYMS. WE LISTEN TO OUR MEMBERS AND WE FOSTER A RELAXED AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE WHERE ALL FEEL WELCOME AND SUPPORTED. WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS HARD FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE TO COME TO A GYM SO WE MAKE SURE THAT ALL OUR MEMBERS RECEIVE PERSONAL ATTENTION AND FEEL VALUED. WE WILL HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS AND YOU MIGHT EVEN ENJOY THE GYM AS A SOCIAL ACTIVITY!”
– Kai Wilson- Krause, Owner

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Attending a gym regularly can help greatly with health, physical and mental but also with addictions. If you think you need help with alcohol or drug addiction, please visit https://rehabclinicsgroup.com/ for further info.

The following was written by the director of rehab clinics group:

The Importance of Fitness in Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

 My name is John Gillen, I’m a former alcohol addict who now directs one of the UK’s leading residential rehab centres. When my alcohol dependency began to get out of control, ruining my relationships with friends and family, destroying my career, and damaging my mental and physical well-being, enough was enough. I made the difficult decision to admit I needed help and I’ve never looked back. A huge aspect of my recovery was utilising the great benefits which regular exercise brings. I was effectively treated for my alcohol addiction after undergoing a rehab programme at a residential treatment centre. They provided a wide variety of treatment methods and techniques such as detox, talking therapies and of course regular fitness.

Many evidence-based rehab and detox programmes are now including extremely effective fitness programmes, focusing on healing your mind and body to achieve long-lasting recovery from addiction. These rehab centres, along with many gyms across the UK have helped a great number of people benefit from regular exercise and healthy nutrition which has significantly helped them in their recovery process. Many professionals would prescribe exercise as a significant treatment for a variety of addictions and mental health issues.

Alcohol or drug addiction is a common side effect of mental health issues, fixating on the next ‘fix’ becomes the priority. Exercising can be a great distraction for those who are struggling, as well as significantly reducing those unwanted cravings. I’m now delighted to see more rehab programmes which include exercise as an integral part of their treatment regime. Participating in regular fitness has been proven to help prevent the development of mental health problems, as well as improving your overall length and quality of life. The simple act of exercise certainly has a positive impact on our minds, as well as our bodies. When we participate in some form of fitness, it’s proven to provide great benefits to our mental health.

Exercise has fantastic benefits for all:

      Frequent fitness improves your life expectancy – a huge bonus if you ask      me!

  • You’ll experience enhanced productivity and a better quality of life Regular exercise provides great relief from stress which in turn eases addiction symptoms
  • It aids weight loss which of course improves your self-esteem and confidence
  • You’ll feel more energetic as your body and organs get stronger
  • Enjoy a better night’s sleep, feeling rested rather than irritable
  • Even after low to moderate exercise such as walking or stretching, will make your mind feel much clearer, allowing you to refocus your thinking patterns away from addiction or mental health issues
  • These same endorphins improve your memory and concentration, all of which greatly contribute towards your journey to long-term recovery

Through educating myself on psychology and spirituality, I developed a better understanding of how addiction begins and how it can best be treated, of which fitness is an essential aspect. All of this was the inspiration behind the successful book the secret disease of addiction. Exercise is so often overlooked when trying to improve your mental well-being, we need to remind ourselves how beneficial it can be. Our GP’s in the UK are now recommending and including exercise in treatment plans to tackle mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Research proves that we feel much more positive and calmer after exercising as opposed to periods of inactivity where our bodies aren’t moving. I learnt to appreciate from my own experience that addiction and mental health are extremely complex, but to remember that regular fitness is a vital aspect of recovery.

There are some simple ways to slowly begin adding physical activity into your daily regime to help improve your mental health or addiction recovery. Whatever form of physical activity you choose, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, individually or in a team, or mild or high intensity, it’s important to find one which best suits you. If you’re new to exercise, it’s completely fine to begin with some slow stretching or light walking throughout the day. You may want to then add in a few 10-minute bursts of jogging or take a longer walk when you can. If you can find someone to exercise with, your motivation will increase as you work towards your goals together. If you wanted to take advice from a professional coach, you could also join a gym and follow a tailored workout programme. This is the quickest and most successful way to achieve great results for both your body and mind. Any of the above will give you a head start in achieving long-term recovery from addiction and mental health issues. It’s quite simple when we put our minds to it!

What actually goes on inside your body and mind during and after physical exercise?

  • Your body expends natural energies which have built up
  • Your muscles become stronger
  • Your central nervous system is stimulated, releasing endorphins which then make you less aware of pain
  • Your mood is significantly improved as serotonin is released into your bloodstream giving you that happy and content feeling
  • The release of melatonin and cortisol during frequent physical activity will balance your hormones which are responsible for increasing or supressing your appetite, meaning the likelihood of developing an eating disorder decreases as you’ll be able to better regulate your food intake.

Fitness truly does play an essential part in addiction and mental health recovery. There’s no better time than now to lead a happier, healthier life free from addiction. Start your fitness journey today by joining a local gym, you won’t regret your decision!