Hitting the sauna after a gruesome workout relieves sore muscles and burns a modest amount of extra calories
Nearly every high-end respectable gym club has one and is often also used to aid in asthma, arthritis and chronic fatigue. But does it help our health and fitness goals? A Scandinavian (Duh!) study found that sauna may enhance the immune system and lower the frequency of colds and other common winter illnesses.
Sauna somehow simulates a fever, hence boosting the production of white blood cells. Which is a good thing!
Rehydrate with plenty of water afterwards
Traditionally heart patients are cautioned against stepping inside a “hot room” (heart rate tends to become elevated), some studies show that folks suffering from hypertension who sauna frequently actually experience a decrease in blood pressure. A few minutes are enough to reap the benefits. Don’t forget to rehydrate with plenty of cool water afterwards.
On the other hand…It’s no party place. Don’t consume any alcohol when you bathe in sweat, Prolonged sauna in combination with booze leads to dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic and there’s a good possibility your heart will go boom! Extreme temperatures also makes you…Semi-sterile, according to several urologists. (at least for short period of time after exposure)
So what’s the verdict
Don’t be afraid of saunas. They do have their place, if not misused of course. They are perfectly safe for healthy guys & gals. Besides the fact that they improve your immune system, they also burn A MODEST amount of calories. However, if you do suffer from heart issues, consult your GP first.