1. Water loss
An obvious benefit of a sauna is water loss. Because the intense heat makes you sweat, you’ll lose excess water stored in your body. You can lose up to 1.5 kilos in a single session but, as you rehydrate, a lot of the weight will come back.
So, drinking cold water burns more calories, as your body requires extra energy to process the cold temperatures.
Make sure you use the sauna after a workout, as this can prolong the benefits of any exercise you do.
Sweating helps flush the toxins and impurities from your body.
Sweating also helps flush out heavy metals such as lead, nickel and mercury that can be absorbed through foods or the environment. Releasing toxins helps your body burn fat more effectively and gives you more energy for exercise, bringing you closer to a healthy weight.
3. Increased Metabolism
When you’re exposed to intense heat or cold, your body has to work harder and your heart rate will increase by up to 30%.
Increased heat also results in increased metabolic rate which results in increased calorie burn. When burning calories in a sauna, the burn is more of a slight boost to your regular sedentary calorie burn.
This increases your metabolism – the rate at which you burn calories. It has been estimated that the heat of a sauna will boost your metabolic rate by roughly 20%. This effect will last while you are in the sauna and for a couple of hours afterward. As mentioned, to keep the fat burning effects going, do some exercise before your sauna.
4. Increased Exercise Capacity
One of the barriers to effective exercise is your breathing capacity. Time spent in the sauna can help reduce the effects of respiratory problems, and can improve respiratory function. Vasodilators dilate blood vessels which increases blood flow. This can improve your exercise capacity meaning you can work out more intensely or for longer which, naturally, leads to increased weight loss.
To make the most of the weight loss benefits associated with a sauna, you should start with 15 to 20 minute sessions a couple of times a week and build up to daily sessions. The easiest way to do this is to invest in a sauna for your home. That way you can bask after a stressful day, first thing in the morning to purge toxins before you start your day or any time you want to flush out some sweat, recharge your batteries and boost your health and mood.
5. Muscle & joint pain relief
Exercise is one of the largest factors in getting in shape and losing weight. You can reduce, and sometimes even eliminate, aches and pains by using an infrared sauna.
The infrared sauna therapy penetrates deep into muscles and tendons to release tension. The heat results in a higher production of white blood cells to help reduce swelling and inflammation. With less tension, improved mobility, and more efficient healing, getting active for weight loss is more plausible and enjoyable.
6. Fat regulation
Fat regulation can be improved by using a sauna. Infrared saunas have been shown to penetrate deep into these cells to increase blood flow to the area and promote detoxification..
Studies show that those using a sauna are more likely to see a significant decrease in low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol and slight increase in high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol. Lower levels of bad cholesterol are a great sign of weight loss and improved health.
Call the clinic to book in for an infrared saunas session today.