Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sauna & Steam Room

Up until recently I've never really used a sauna and never even stepped inside a steam room before.

But I've been using them at work recently. The main reason I use the sauna is simply to warm myself up. It can get seriously cold standing in the water for 2 or maybe 3 hours at time teaching. A couple of weeks ago when I finished teaching a member told me that I had blue lips! So I ran off down to the sauna to warm myself up and it has now become something of a routine.

Now some people really appear to enjoy using the sauna? I don't get it. Why would you want to be in such intense heat without getting a tan, walking along the beach, swimming in the sea, stuffing your face with tasty foreign delicacies and all the other great pleasures that come with being on holiday in some hot, exotic country? I'm really not very good in the heat. Have you seen how pale I am? I make Casper look like he has a healthy glow! However, I can just about stand it for all the positives that come with going away on holiday but when it's a sauna at a gym and I don't really know what the benefits are it is much harder to convince myself to go through the discomfort of sitting in 90 degree heat.

So as I wasn't sure what they were really for, in order to see - other than warming myself up - how I might be benefiting from using them, I did a little internet search and here are some of the health benefits associated with using a sauna and steam room.


"The heat from a sauna soothes your nerve endings and warms and relaxs muscles, in turn relieving the tension from your body and minimising joint pain. If you suffer from insomnia, it can also help induce sleep. The heat from the sauna helps the body release endorphins, a feel-good chemical that reduces the effects of stress on the body which can relax you enough to sleep better." (www.care2.com)

Steam room

"The steam room helps to open up airways which improves your breathing and alleviates congestion. The wet heat from the steam room thins and opens the mucous membranes in the body, which helps to relieve the pressure. This is highly beneficial for those that suffer from asthma and bronchitis, as it helps with sinus relief.

The steam room also increases metabolism and can aid with weight loss. The steam room causes you to sweat, which means that your body is losing water. The sweat also helps to remove toxins and cleanses the body." (www.care2.com)

The steam room can also (potentially) help your skin, preventing acne and wrinkles and is also good for circulation.

So maybe some good reasons to continue using them?

But I don't like using them. I don't enjoy the sauna and I like the steam room even less. But I do it - and will continue to do so for now - to warm up before forcing myself to use the steam room in the hope that it has some sort of positive affect on both my breathing and my skin. But like I said I don't enjoy it. I have to force myself to last 10mins in the sauna, the whole time clock watching waiting to get out and the same with the steam room only I can't do more than 5mins in there haha.

Sauna and steam rooms, do you see the appeal? 

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