We all know that cardiovascular activity and sweating is great for the body, but what if you could get your cardio in without actually exercising? Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? Well, actually its not. Cardiovascular activity is the act of increasing heart rate while increasing blood flow. That is exactly what infrared saunas do.
Infrared saunas are great for the body because instead of heating the air as a normal sauna would, infrared saunas heat YOU. Because of this, your blood pumps faster and your heart rate rises faster; and the coolest thing is that an infrared sauna doesn't feel as hot as a normal sauna because the air isn't being heated.
There are a ton of benefits to using an infrared sauna, but here are 5 surprising ones...
We could all use a little relaxation in todays world. It is so easy to become over stressed and as we know by now high stresses bad for our bodies. In an infrared sauna your body will actually regulate cortisol, our bodies stress hormone, putting it back to a normal level. This naturally causes relaxation. The heat from the sauna will also relax the muscles and any tension the body may have.
This is everyone's favorite benefit. The heat generated by an infrared sauna will raise the body's core temperature faster than a normal sauna causing an increased heart rate. This is what happens when you begin to exercise. When your heat rate is up, you begin burning calories and blood flow increases. This leads to weight loss. Studies have shown that a 30 minute infrared sauna session is equivalent to running 3 miles and can burn 400-500 calories! That is amazing!!
If you suffer from muscle, bone or joint pain an infrared sauna is great for you. The sauna can relieve inflammation, increase circulation while relaxing and soothing sore muscles and joints. Infrared saunas have been proven to effectively reduce arthritis pain, pain from Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis pain, hip and back pain, and pain from Bursitis.
The sauna increases blood flow by relaxing the vascular system which means your veins dilate. Studies show that blood flow jumps from the normal 5-7 quarts a minute up to 13 quarts a minute during an infrared sauna session. That, my friends, promotes healing of muscles, bones, joints and other ailments.
Infrared saunas can clear skin by eliminating toxins from pores during sweating. By increasing circulation your skin can become clearer, healthier and softer. One great benefit is reduction of acne. Sweating in an infrared sauna helps clear pores of dirt and oil build up, helping to clear up acne. A nice face wash after sweating helps ensure pores do not stay clogged up. Another study found that exposure to infrared heat can also increase collagen and elasticity. All patients in the study reported enhanced skin texture, improvement in color and smoothness.
Sweating is the body's natural way to clean out poisons and toxins. Every time we sweat, we are releasing things like mercury, lead and environmental chemicals that soak into our skin day to day. It also helps us get rid of chemicals that we may ingest while we eat. Sweating is one of the best things we ca do to cleanse our bodies and when you use an infrared sauna, it's proven that the body sweats out about 7 times more toxins than traditional saunas.