To enhance the effects of your workout, try going for sauna before you begin exercising. Here is information on the benefits of sauna and instructions for using it.
It is a common knowledge that a proper warm-up is essential before every workout because it loosens muscles and prepares them for exercise. If you carry out an exercise without a warm-up, there are higher chances of injury because the muscles and joints are stiff. Sauna is a steam room where one can experience wet and dry heat sessions. In this small enclosed room, steam is formed by pouring water over hot rocks.
Benefits of Sauna
- It helps in relaxing the body and loosening up muscles.
- The hot atmosphere inside the sauna increases the body temperature slightly.
- Blood vessels dilate due to the heat which leads to proper pumping of the heart. Hence, a sauna is considered as a mild cardiovascular exercise.
- Exposure to steam in the sauna enhances metabolism and indirectly aids in weight loss.
- Exposure to steam leads to excessive sweating. If you are aware, sweating helps in getting rid of toxins from the body, and hence, helps in rejuvenating the skin.
- Lastly, sauna is one of the best methods used for relaxation.
How to Use a Sauna
There are several things to consider before taking sauna. It is essential to have a proper diet before workout (a protein rich diet). As mentioned above, sauna leads to a lot of dehydration, and hence, you should rehydrate your body properly before taking sauna. It is essential to take 25-30 oz. of water before actually going for sauna.
When you enter the sauna, see whether the temperature is suitable for you or not. In order to enjoy all the benefits, you should experience dry sauna for 10-15 minutes (and not exceed that). This duration is suitable for relaxation and loosening up of muscles. Sit in a comfortable position or lie down and close your eyes to relax your body and mind completely. It is essential to rehydrate yourself after coming out of the sauna room and rest for a couple of minutes before proceeding to your workout.
Most trainers also recommend sauna after completing workout to detoxify the body. There are several other things that you need to consider before going for sauna. If you suffer from heart diseases, high blood pressure, or other chronic health conditions, etc., consult your doctor before trying sauna. Secondly, if you feel dizzy in a sauna, leave the sauna room within a minute. Lastly, it is not recommended to have a cold water shower immediately after a sauna as the temperature of the body is raised and a cool shower will lower it immediately, which can lead to shock.
Due to the numerous benefits, going for sauna can be a good option. If not possible before workout, you can try having it afterwards. Lastly, it is not recommended to have sauna for more than 2 times in a single week. Take care!
Disclaimer: This article is meant for informative purposes only. It is not to be used as a substitute for doctor’s advice.