In Finnish and Scandinavian culture, saunas have been a popular and traditional method of relaxation, engrained in the everyday routines of many. The European however, shouldn't be the only ones reaping the benefits of this rejuvenating leisure activity. With just 15-20 minutes in the sauna daily, you could improve your health. Incorporate sauna into your work-out, or if you're feeling lazy (like I do most of the time) just count it as a “work-out” all by itself. To encourage you to sweat it out in the sauna, here are some of the benefits of a good steaming.
By inducing sweating, saunas help eliminate the body of unwanted toxins and by purging bacteria and viruses, give our bodies a good cleanse. The sweat will rid your pores of waste that is trapped in the body and make you feel great.
When in the sauna, pulse rate increases which causes the heart to pump faster similar to cardio exercise, giving the heart a work-out. This can also speed up metabolism and burn calories, which makes the sauna a great choice for those wanting to lose weight or just keep in shape. The sauna also compliments a great work-out by allowing your muscles relaxation afterwards.
Boosts Immune System
The sauna pumps up the immune system and by doing so, helps fight and prevent cold and flu. The sauna also helps alleviate muscle ache, body pains and arthritis.
Who can resist the warmth of a sauna which, in these current cold temperatures, is the closest we'll get to laying underneath the rays of the sun on a hot summers day. The sauna may even be more appealing, you won't need sunscreen to protect from harmful rays! The sauna is perfect for “me-time” or when you just need to relax and unwind in a quiet environment. The heat can put you in a state of serenity and calmness, reducing stress and helping improve your mental health.
When you leave the sauna, you'll notice a glowing and healthy complexion. Because it rids pores of unwanted toxins, the sauna will cleanse skin of impurities, keeping dull skin at bay. Your skin will be revived and rejuvenated and you'll come out of the heat with a fresh-face.
So, if your mind is a mess, your back is aching and you find yourself falling prey to every bout of sickness imaginable, then the sauna is your all-time cure. With all these benefits, I'd be surprised if you hadn't already grabbed a towel and headed for the closest sauna to relax and rejuvenate. For those of you still reading, take a hint.