With so many gyms and leisure centres now offering the opportunity to it's members to have a sauna and/or steam after their workout. A side the regular ‘it's relaxing and great for your skin’ the SIXPAX team decided to investigate what the real key benefits are for our bodies taking a post workout or rest day sauna.
A low humidity sauna offers a high temperature from 80 degrees celsius up to 100 degrees celsius. Pushing the body to utilise its natural mechanism of cooling down; Sweating! So what are the benefits of all that post workout heat, to your bodies?
1.The endocrine system responds to the heat. Studies have stated by increasing circulating hormones:
- Growth hormone
- The immune system has been identified to be stimulated:
- White blood cells increase
- Lymphocytes increase
- Neutrophil increases
- Basophil increases
All of which have been claimed to potential reduces the bodies ability to catch a cold!
- Cardiovascular responses are:
- Improved tolerance to exercise
- Increased cardiac output
- Has been identified to decrease in both men and women
Has been recognised to increase due to (as listed above) the CV benefits
- Endurance has been observed to increase due to the higher plasma red-cell volume
- A better recovering heart rate has been pointed out in studies
- Additional benefits to the regular use of the sauna are:
- Benefits to Fibromyalgia patients
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Improved respiratory function
- Improved mental well-being
- Reduced fatigue
If you are yet to tag on a sauna after one of your workouts, we suggest you start getting hot!
Train hard, stay strong