Consistently working out is essential for optimal physical health, and if you’re like most fitness enthusiasts, you’re always looking for different ways to up your game. For some, incorporating the use of adaptive resistance machines or an infrared sauna into their gym session can be incredibly beneficial. In today’s blog, we’ll review a few of the benefits to introducing saunas to your regular routine and whether pre-workout or post-workout sauna use is most advantageous.
If you’re searching for a fitness facility that offers the use of infrared saunas to enhance your workout experience, look no further than Inner Strength Asheville. We provide our clients with the use of a full-spectrum infrared sauna and we offer several sauna packages to suit your needs. Call 828-785-1870 today to learn more!
Timing and Advantages of Combining Saunas and Working Out
If your gym offers a traditional, steam, or infrared sauna, you may wonder if it would be advantageous to incorporate the sauna into your workout routine and how you can best go about doing so. Below, we will review both of these concerns.
Before or After?
There has been some debate as to whether a relaxing session in the sauna is more beneficial to do before or after you workout. While saunas have many general health benefits, when it comes to enhancing the quality of your gym session, it is best to enjoy saunas after you work out. A short visit to the sauna may help warm your muscles up before your workout, however, enjoying an extended sauna session prior to working out can actually be counterproductive.
It might sound crazy, but by sitting in these heated rooms before you work out, you risk promoting too much physical and psychological relaxation. Relaxed muscles are more prone to injury, and being mentally alert is essential for a safe and productive workout. Additionally, because you are heating your body up ahead of time, you will likely sweat more than is necessary, and this can lead to dehydration if done on a regular basis.
Benefits of a Post-Workout Sauna Session
Sitting in the warm, comforting environment of an infrared sauna is a great way to wrap up your workout. There are several reasons why enjoying a sauna session after your workout can be beneficial, including:
- Mental relaxation. An intense gym session is physically demanding, but it can also be mentally demanding. Sauna use has been associated with increased positivity, mental clarity, and enhanced relaxation. As such, they are the perfect way to unwind and decompress following a workout.
- Detoxification. When you are tired, hot, and sweaty after working out, it might not sound very appealing to sit in a room that averages temperatures between 110℉ and 170℉. However, by relaxing in this heated environment, you’re promoting your body’s natural detoxification process through sweating.
- Muscle recovery. Resistance and weight training cause your muscles to contract over and over in a short period of time. In order to be protected from injury, your muscles need the opportunity to release this tension and recover, and the immersive health therapy in a sauna provides the perfect environment.
- Heart and lung health. Researchers have discovered that our body’s reaction to the hot environment of a sauna mimics the circulatory benefits of exercise. Additionally, the dry heat provided by infrared saunas help open and cleanse the lungs, enhancing their function and capacity following a workout.
As you can see, the health benefits of post-workout sauna usage are amazing. As always, you should consult with your physician prior to incorporating any type of sauna usage into your physical fitness routine.
Asheville Infrared Sauna Packages
Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of incredible adaptive resistance training and enjoy a relaxing infrared sauna visit afterwards to unwind, detox, and recover? Inner Strength Asheville proudly offers our clients access to state-of-the-art ARX resistance training equipment and a full-spectrum infrared sauna, and we have several packages that are sure to suit your needs and your budget. Call our team at 828-785-1870 today to speak with a trainer about our membership plans!