Some Like it hot: Get Yourself in a Sauna
Mike Robinson, Managing Director of Euphoria Lifestyle and wellness expert, looks at the top health and beauty benefits of using a sauna.
Before you rush in to the showers after your gym session, here are five reasons why you should spend 20 minutes in the Sauna after- your beautiful skin will thank you!
Improve Cardio Vascular Performance
Medical research shows the heart rate can rise from 60 minutes to 120 minutes in a sauna and can often sink to below normal after the cooling off stage. With regular sauna use, you can train your heart muscles and improve the heart rate/cardiac output.
The sweating process of a sauna is what takes a lot of energy. It comes from the conversion of fat and carbohydrates in a process that burns up calories. According to the U.S. Army medical research (Ward Dean, M.D.), “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna in a single session, consuming nearly 300 calories in the process.”
Cleanse the Skin and Reduce Appearance of Wrinkles
When deep sweating occurs, the skin is cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced, keeping your skin in good working condition. The nutrients and minerals in sweat are essential to maintaining the collagen structure of the skin. So (without sounding unrefined) bathing in sweat on a regular basis staves off the collagen breakdown that results in wrinkles and sags. By continually flushing body waste through individual cells you will gain vitality and a dewy skin glow.
The sauna is a warm, quiet space without distractions. The heat also relaxes your body, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins- the body’s natural feel good chemical.
Post work out, use the heat and steam of a sauna for muscle relaxation by helping to eliminate lactic acid and other toxins. If you suffer from DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness), this is a life saver.
Avid sauna fans can purchase their own sauna at home from Euphoria Lifestyle. They can be compact and prices start at just £2,998 (finance options are available).
Euphoria Lifestyle are leading suppliers of jacuzzi hot tubs and saunas in the UK.