Sweating It Out on a Rest Day
Benefits of Sauna After a Workout
How to Use a Sauna After a Workout to Boost Performance
After a workout, you’ll definitely feel some soreness in the muscles you’ve worked on. During exercise, the muscles are stressed more than usual, causing micro-tears to form. These tears cause inflammation and can lead to muscle soreness, stiffness, cramping, and pain. Then your body will heal those tears to make your muscles stronger. Using a sauna enhances muscle recovery by increasing blood circulation and transporting oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-poor muscles. The heat also allows the muscles to relax better, thus reducing muscle tension.
Sweating during exercise helps cool down but also helps eliminate toxins from the body. You can extend the benefits of sweating after a workout by sweating in the sauna. This removes harmful elements such as toxic metals, alcohol, nicotine, etc. By ridding your body of these toxins, you are more likely to feel better after training. Make sure you stay hydrated at all times, as you will lose more fluids in the sauna than in the steam room.
For many people, losing weight is an important goal when planning an exercise program. Fortunately, there are many sauna weight loss studies that show a correlation between sauna use and weight loss. Sauna helps strengthen the cardiovascular system, immune system, and lymphatic system to help detoxify the body. Additionally, infrared heat may slightly increase the production of human growth hormone (HGH) and decrease cortisol levels to promote greater weight loss. Overall, sitting in a sauna can help improve muscle recovery, improve health, and reduce body fat, which is helpful on your weight loss journey.
My Home Sauna is Not Only Good for my Body but for my Mind
Gold Medal Olympian, Gwen Jorgensen
Uses Her Sauna for Health, Workout Recovery and Family Time
I love the Euro Patio sauna. It has the SaunaLogic2 control which allows me to turn on the heater before a run so that when I return home it’s on, hot and ready. Safety is the most important feature of my Himalaya heater as we have a three year old son. I love how Finnleo has created a sleek, comfortable sauna that is also safe to use.
My favorite sauna sessions are when my husband and or son are able to join me. We talk, listen, and enjoy each others’ company. When I am in the sauna alone I either sit and visualize my race tactics, I read, or I completely shut off my mind.
When I train super hard, my sleep is often impacted negatively, however, taking a sauna seems to help boost my sleep. I feel more energized and focused when I take saunas.
Do it! All of my friends ask if having a sauna is really worth it and you cannot wipe the smile off of my face as I respond. You won’t regret it! It’s only been a few weeks since we got our sauna, but I can’t imagine a home without a Finnleo sauna.