Harvard Medical School reported several benefits to a sauna session after a workout. Sauna use after a workout routine increases blood flow as muscles relax. For each minute you’re in a sauna, the heart nearly doubles the amount of blood pumped. This will help your body continue its cardiovascular benefit from your workout, and also help sweat out the buildup of lactic acid in your system.
If you have chosen to do low-impact exercising, sweating in a sauna greatly enhances water weight loss. A short session in a sauna after your workout routine can cause loss of up to one pint of fluid! Again, toxins get flushed during the session, which also helps with feeling energized and refreshed.
If you’re into working out to increase your endurance for running, swimming or cycling, there are benefits to sauna use for you too. The University of Otago in New Zealand conducted a study with endurance athletes in 2007. After three weeks of incorporating sauna use into their routine, male runners improved their running endurance and times. It was determined that the increase in blood volume from prolonged heat exposure gave the endurance-boosting result.
Note: Since any workout and cardio routine with deplete your body’s fluids, be sure to hydrate not only during your workout routine, but continue hydration if you add a sauna session to your regimen. The additional fluids will not only keep you hydrated, it will also aid in toxin flushing.
We have a full line of terrific traditional steam and infrared saunas that are easy to add to your home for use after a workout. They’re all easy to install, and several operate off a standard household outlet! Come check out our entire line of Finnleo Saunas today at one of our local showrooms!