I like to include a 15-20 minute sauna session after every workout because of its health benefits. I typically workout at least 4 times a week so any given week I’m visiting the sauna 4-7 times after my workouts. Along with my session, I tend to consume either a protein shake or amino acid drink to help my muscles repair and rebuild.
Heat shock proteins are being generated during these sessions; our body produces HSP’s in response to exposure to stressful conditions. HSP’s repair and maintain the critical 3-dimensional structure of proteins that prevent cell damage and muscle atrophy. Even though I usually produce these proteins during my workout, it’s reassuring knowing that I’m getting the benefits of the Sauna after my workout when my muscles need it the most.
Here are a few of the benefits of the sauna:
- (Dilated blood vessels) Increased blood flow+ recovery
- heat tolerance threshold improves
- Increased white blood cell production, improves one’s immune system
- weight loss
- reduces inflammation
- lowers risk of heart disease
- lowers risk of cancer
- lowers risk of cardiac death
The two leading major causes of death in the United States are:
- Cardiovascular disease ~(80% avoidable by diet)
These two causes of death can be significantly reduced by frequent sauna use, along with proper diet and exercise. Although I’m not certain of the percentages at which frequent sauna use can decrease cardiovascular and cancer deaths, there have been studies conducted that proved that those who use the sauna 4-7 times a week have a 40% decrease in all-cause mortality. Also, those who sauna 2-3 times a week had a 24% drop in all-cause mortality.
Our bodies have the natural ability to eliminate harmful toxins and chemicals through sweat. Most people don’t use this ability enough whether it’s through exercise or sauna use, which can create a host of negative health effects. We are exposed to harmful chemicals every day, sometimes these can be found in our daily routine products so it’s important to cleanse the skin.
I encourage you to go out and find yourself a sauna to visit a couple times a week. It can improve your health immensely with very little time and effort.
– Dustin Lee