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What are the benefits of using a sauna?

20th February 2020

A close up of a soft bath towel in a wooden steam sauna

 

Do you like the luxury of having a sauna after a workout? They are a popular choice amongst gym goers as studies show they are effective for weight loss when used post-workout.

Apart from also being a relaxing way to end a workout, what are the benefits? Read below to find out!

Muscle Recovery

Sore muscles occur after a heavy workout happens because your muscles are worked harder than usual, which instigates them to form microscopic tears. These tears cause muscle soreness, tightness, cramps, and sensitivity – making your muscles stronger.

How does the sauna help? The heat from a sauna escalates the muscle recovery process by increasing blood circulation, allowing muscle to relax better.  

Weight loss

A lot of peoples purpose for joining a gym will be weight loss and many sauna studies demonstrate the use of a sauna to support this. The use of a sauna boosts your cardiovascular, immune, and lymphatic systems to help revitalise the body. On top of this, the high intensity heat can initiate an increase in human growth hormone (HGH) production and lower cortisol levels to encourage more weight loss. To summarise, sitting in a sauna can aid muscle recovery, improve well-being, and reduce body fat – all helping sustainable weight loss.

Benefits of sweating

Workouts often cause us to work up a sweat, which helps our bodies to cool down and release bad toxins in the body. These consist of toxic metals, alcohol, nicotine and more! Removing these toxins will enable you to feel better post-workout but try and drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Safety first

Your body is already feeling drained after a workout, so try and keep your sauna session short. To ensure this, we recommend that you use the sauna for no longer than 20 minutes or if you don’t have experience of using a sauna take small intervals. If you start feeling lightheaded, dizzy, getting headaches – that’s an indication that you’re becoming dehydrated or overheating. Make sure that after, you drink 2 to 4 glasses of water to stabilise hydration levels and to flush those bad toxins from your body. After leaving the gym, keep exercise light and carry on drinking fluids to facilitate a good recovery.

 

Our gyms come with sauna facilities (subject to location). If you want to reap the benefits of a sauna download our free Day Pass here!