Do you have access to a sauna or steam room? Well, if you do and have a few minutes to spare, go and take advantage of it!
A visit to the sauna can have enormous benefits for your post-workout recovery, general health, and skin glow – especially in winter months.
A sauna visit can help to prevent muscle soreness after an intense workout. Body temperature rises in the heat and causes the blood vessels to dilate, which increases circulation. Increased blood flow speeds your body’s natural healing process and supports muscle repair. Furthermore, the sauna’s heat promotes muscle relaxation and helps the body to release endorphins, the happy hormones, which make us feel calmer.
Getting a deep sweat can help the body to release toxins (like lead, copper, zinc, etc.), which we encounter during our daily life. A regular sauna visit detoxifies the body and strengthens your immune system because it is believed the heat can help produce more white blood cells – which help to fight illnesses and kill viruses.
Building up a good sweat is like a youth fountain for the skin; your skin gets cleansed, and dead skin cells replaced. Sweat rinses bacteria from the skin surface; cleansing the pores makes your skin look softer and healthier.
And then there’s still the social aspect… you might get to know your fellow gym buddies better in the hot room.
Here some rules for sauna etiquette:
- Always bring a towel to sit on or wipe off your sweat.
- If you are alone in the sauna, feel free to spread out. But if someone else comes in, please sit up and make space for them (the more, the merrier).
- Enter the sauna quickly and shut the door tight after you.
- How long to stay in a sauna? Due to health risks, which include fainting or heat stroke, experts generally recommend staying in a sauna for no longer than 12 to 20 minutes
- If you have health issues, please consult your doctor first.
- And if it’s a co-ed sauna …please cover-up. ?