5 Reasons Why Saunas Are Good For Your Health
There are many health benefits from using saunas, hence why most gyms have in-house saunas and steam rooms now. While some of us enjoy going in saunas on a daily basis after workouts, there are many people who could benefit from sauna use but remain uneducated on the positive health advantages.
Listed in this article are 5 key reasons why using saunas can be worthwhile for people of all ages.
- Helps relieve sore muscles
After a heavy workout, muscles can become sore and if you don’t stretch out or warm down they can also become tight. If you go in a sauna post-workout it can help relieve muscle soreness according to Men’s Health. If muscles are tight or sore the chances are this will impede your performance, therefore by going in the sauna it helps relax the muscles through elevated heat temperatures.
- Reduces chances of colds
A slew of studies have proved that frequent sauna use lessens the chances of suffering from colds. Additionally, it can help alleviate arthritis, muscle fatigue and asthma as well as flushing out toxins from the body.
- Cardiovascular benefits
Sauna use is good for the heart. It is said to give the heart a “gentle workout while the heat of the sauna dilates the capillaries and improves blood flow,” according to Dr. Whittaker’s article ‘Health Benefits of a Sauna’. They are also said to “reduce blood pressure, improve exercise tolerance and oxygen uptake.”
- Burning calories
Saunas are an easy way to burn calories. Lifehack suggests in its article ‘8 Unexpected Benefits of Sauna That Will Impress You’ that during a 20-minute session you can burn up to 500 calories in a sauna at 170 degree Fahrenheit. The heat speeds up the metabolism rate and it said to be a great way to maintain weight.
- Helps improve athletic performance
The body has a level of heat tolerance but with regular sauna use it can help increase the body’s “heat tolerance threshold.” This more often that not helps improve performance in endurance sports as it aids in improving energy levels thus you’ll be more likely to maintain performance for longer periods.
From all the information above it’s clear that using a sauna regular has multiple benefits, and that’s probably why more and more people are purchasing saunas for their homes. For further reading regarding what to look out for when purchasing a sauna, this Sauna Buying Guide by Celebration Saunas is ideal for ensuring you know what you are getting when purchasing a sauna for your home.
By guest author Jane Scott