Discover the benefits of sauna after work out.
Both men’s and women’s health can be affected, positively and negatively, by external factors such as extreme heat. When it comes to saunas and hot tubs, “moderation is important.” So, if after your training you are not sure what to do, here are some tips to help you make the right decision:
Most people prefer a wet or steam sauna. The interior of the sauna can have wooden walls and benches made of white poplar, cedar, hemlock, or fir. Saunas have a heat source at a very high temperature.
The water is splashed on the rocks (or the heat source) and quickly evaporates, causing hot steam to penetrate the room. In a dry sauna, the heat source does not vaporize water, it is a seamless atmosphere.
The mechanics of a Jacuzzi are a bit more complex. The water level in the bathtub must be higher than the jets and the water intake valve.
A pump rapidly draws water into the valves while the pump motor creates varying degrees of force to expel the water through the jets. Sometimes the pressure can be controlled by a moveable ring around the jet.
In the sauna, your body perspires with the temperature and humidity and the sweat evaporates. If there is less difference between the temperature of your body and the environment, it is more difficult for sweat to evaporate, so the heart pumps harder to increase blood supply, sending warm blood to the muscles and skin making an effort to cool down.
The blood vessels dilate and the skin reddens. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before using a sauna.
Just like in a sauna, your body’s ability to perspire effectively is compromised in a hot tub, and women’s health can be adversely affected more than men’s pregnant women should consult their doctor before using a hot tub and do not use it under any circumstances during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women both exercise and relax in water at a temperature not exceeding 32°C. In the book, “8 Weeks to Optimal Health…”, it is recommended a minimum of 2-3 sauna sessions per week for maximum health benefits. An arthritis patient used the hot tub twice a day to reduce pain.
After a workout, the hot, churning waters of a hot tub soothe sore, tired muscles and relax you, giving you a comfortable sense of serenity. The increasing flow of water pumped from the tub’s jets acts like a therapeutic massage, undoing muscle knots. A hot tub is a perfect way to end a workout if used safely.
• Cool down before entering the Jacuzzi.
• Drink lots of liquids.
• Don’t go over 15 minutes.
• The water temperature should never exceed 40°C.
The purifying benefits of the sauna are an undeniable advantage. This form of purification, with constant heat, is often recommended by doctors. Sauna benefits may include:
• Improves cardiovascular health
• clean skin
• Social interaction
• Relieve the stress
For good use of the sauna you should:
• Shower beforehand to remove lotions and cool down after a workout.
• If you wear a swimsuit, make sure it doesn’t have zippers or other metal parts that could cause burns.
• After 8-10 minutes, rest. If you feel fine, go back in for another 5-10 minutes.
• Cooldown 5-10 minutes later, so you don’t notice a sudden change in temperature with the shower or pool water.