Posted by Sunlighten on 8 October 2018

Sweat without the effort: Benefits of using an infrared sauna post-workout

It’s a fact: during a workout, we sweat.

Breaking a sweat is often something we aim for when we engage in exercise; it’s an indication that we’re putting in the hard yards to achieve our fitness goals.

But what if you could sweat… without the workout?

Of course, that’s not to say we shouldn’t workout for a sweat (we definitely should!). Sweating during a workout and sweating after a workout may produce similar results, however the two should work together in tandem to foster optimum health and wellbeing.

An infrared sauna is highly beneficial post-workout because the sweat your body generates from a sauna session facilitates the body’s detoxification process by penetrating the body at the cellular level, while the infrared heat aids with muscle recovery and helps alleviate muscular pain after exercise.

 


Your post-workout state doesn’t have to be painful

Sunlighten mPulse infrared saunas have the ability to produce 3 levels of infrared waves using Solocarbon 3-in-1 infrared technology. These include near, mid and far infrared waves - each of which benefits the body in different ways.

We all know how sore our bodies can be after an intense workout… and it often takes days to recover. For post-workout recovery, near infrared waves are ideal for cellular growth, muscle recovery and strengthening your immune system. An infrared sauna is also said to help boost recovery of injuries commonly associated with athletic injuries such as sprains, strains and muscle spasms.

 

Get that post-workout cleanse

Although the process of exercising already detoxifies the body, we still absorb pollutants from our environment (for instance, fitness centres with insufficient ventilation can impact the level of toxins in patrons. Furthermore, some outdoor environments such as roadside footpaths promote exposure to air pollutants, like CO2 emissions from motor vehicles, which can counter the health benefits of exercise, such as lung capacity.

This is where infrared sauna therapy can become an important feature of your workout routine. Using a sauna post-workout allows you to relax and meditate with the added benefits of a detoxifying cleanse. Far infrared waves heat the body directly and raise your core body temperature, resulting in a sweat that flushes out harmful toxins that may have been accumulated in the environment during exercise.


Lose weight, even after you workout!

It’s no secret that most of us exercise to lose or maintain our weight.

Whilst moving your body is the most effective way to burn kilojoules, relaxing your body in a sauna also helps speed up metabolism by increasing your heart rate and cardiac output. So you can basically “workout” without actually physically doing so!

Although your workout routine shouldn’t comprise solely of sitting in a sauna - after all, exercise is important for properly maintaining cardiac, respiratory, brain and bone health - the metabolic effects of a workout are enhanced during a sauna session, which aids weight loss.

For people who are physically unable to exercise (such as those with osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems) or for people with an inconsistent workout schedule due to a variety of factors, infrared sauna therapy sessions can be invaluable to maintaining a high quality of life.

Read more about Sunlighten infrared saunas and weight loss here: https://sunlighten.com.au/blog/sweating-it-out-pt-4-weight-loss/

 

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