Benefits of using a sauna
By: Andrew Lash
With the addition of a sauna to our Exeter location, I feel it is important for our members to be informed of the benefits that are provided with utilizing this new gym accessory. One benefit of stepping into our new sauna is the increase of circulation. The heat in the sauna will force your heart to beat faster which then allows your blood vessels to widen. With the blood vessels wider, this allows the blood to flow much easier through the system. This increase of circulation helps treat muscle soreness as well as improve joint movements which leads to increased mobility.
A second reason you should step into the sauna the next time you are at the gym pertains to weight loss. Yes, sitting in a sauna has been proven to help with weight loss. In fact, studies have shown that sitting in a sauna for 20 minutes can burn up to 500 calories! This happens due to the dry heat which increases heart rate and the body’s metabolism rate; very similar to how your body reacts during exercise. In no means should you give up exercising and assume that the sauna will be a filler for working out. However, if you’re looking to lose a few extra pounds, give it a shot!
When you walk into a sauna, your body will begin to sweat; which not everyone will sweat everyday depending on their lifestyle. Because of this, you may not be sweating as much as your body needs you to sweat. That’s right, your body needs to sweat! Your body is exposed to harmful elements everyday that absorb right into your skin. Using a sauna is one of the best ways to flush these toxins right out of your body. Elements such as lead, arsenic,and cadmium lay deep in your skin so one of the best ways to counteract the retention of these elements is to sweat them right back out.
Studies have shown that using a sauna even as little as once a week has proven to reduce the chances of dying from cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, and sudden cardiac death. With greater usage of the sauna, more than once a week, the lower their percentage became from suffering from any of these illnesses. Once again, this comes from the improvement of circulation and increase in heart rate; then causing cells in the heart to function better since more blood is being pumped in.
A sauna can not replace the full benefits that your body will receive from putting yourself through a workout, but as a supplement there are great values to putting aside some extra time everyday to step into the sauna. Next time you’re at Exeter, try sitting in the sauna for even as little as 5 minutes; you may be amazed with the way your body feels afterward!