Well, colour me happy you can now trade in your weights for a sauna towel and call it a day folks. Research suggests that saunas promote weight loss through the process of thermogenesis, which is the process of burning calories to produce heat. The heat generated in a sauna can cause the body to burn more calories, which can help shed that leftover Christmas cheer. There is the potential to lose up to 600 calories per hour of time in the sweat-house. Ugh, sign us up for doing absolutely sweet fuck all, thanks very much.
Your blood pressure does not drop during a rendezvous with the sauna, it rises, as well as your heart rate, which has the equivalent effect of a short, moderate workout. Speaking of that ticker, saunas have also been shown to improve cardiovascular function, which can improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Furthermore, heat increases the effectiveness of the muscle restitution processes; it improves the flexibility and extensibility of connective tissue structures, which increases overall flexibility levels. Saunas can also help to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery after exercise – if you are even into that sort of thing after reading this.
All great love stories partake in bouts of turbulence so it must be mentioned that although you think you might be sweating out those extra kilos that have selfishly taken up real estate on that gorgeous rig of yours, you are losing water as well as a loss of minerals including sodium, potassium, magnesium, and iron.
This can lead to dehydration, which comes with its own set of problems that I won’t burden you with, so it is imperative that you replenish your loss stores with electrolytes. You don’t have to down the hydrolyte if that isn’t your jam, coconut water has all the things and, in my opinion, a much more refreshing and delicious choice post-sweat so cheers to future you.
Let it be known that all this perspiration holds last weekend’s debauchery, stagnant energy, fuckboy/girl/they, toxicity and therefore any built up fluid retention so there are only winners here.
Apparently, it’s time to start sweating like a pig so that you can eat like one.