Hot Sauna


  • Mar 27, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
    I don't know if this has been discussed before but I was wondering about when you should use the hot sauna. I just recently started working out at the gym (Gold's Gym) and I usually start off with weights or cardio and then go for a swim (few laps or so). I have seen people sit in the sauna room after they finish working out; my question is this:

    Should I use the sauna before or after I go swimming?
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    Mar 27, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    After. It opens and cleanse the pores. Sweating also produces a strong antibiotic that disinfects the skin.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:19 AM GMT
    saunas don't really do anything beneficial for your workouts...but don't go before you workout
    they likely will sap your strength
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    Mar 27, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after you go in there.
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    Mar 27, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    Sweat is not anti-biotic, or we would not have BO. Moisture from sweat is one of the factors that allows the bacteria that cause BO to flourish.

    There is a theory out there that exposing yourself to cold water or cool temps after a workout helps to reduce the inflammation of tissue. This causes the micro-fissures (tears) in the muscles to close and heal faster, thus speeding recovery. By extension, the sauna will potentially do the reverse, and slow down recovery from intense workouts. I've not read a study on this, but a friend went to a physical therapist who used cold water emersion therapy for distance runners to improve recovery time after competitive runs. They say it worked.

    Whether or not the above it true, the sauna will cause a great deal of water and electrolyte loss, so if you do sauna after you work out be sure to hydrate very well.
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    Mar 27, 2008 5:19 PM GMT
    From bodybuilding.com
    "Saunas offer a variety of beneficial effects to the user. Saunas induce perspiration, which helps in ridding the body of toxins. Saunas also increase circulation and raise body temperature, which helps the body fight aches and pains. Studies also show that help to relieve muscle tension. For athletes, the relief of muscle tension leads to quicker recovery between workouts. The heat of a sauna has been shown to speed up the disposal of by-products that are produced during exercise. During long bouts of exercise, the body may break down tissue protein to use for energy.

    This increases the body's level of nitrogen. Nitrogen is usually removed from the blood by the kidneys then expelled in the urine. With the help of a sauna, nitrogen is also released through the skin. The use of a sauna can help speed up recovery by assisting the kidneys with ridding the body of nitrogen. Research has also shown that saunas can have benefits to the cardiovascular system."

    But remember to Drink LOTS of water and don't stay in too long.
  • jock_1

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    Mar 27, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    if i use it i always go after my workouts or playing in the gym. i think of it as a reward for a good days workout.
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    Mar 27, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    well, I never thought much of goin in the sauna after working out...but if some of you guys are in there, I'd for sure try it out.

    unfortunately at my gym, its mostly the old giant balled men in there
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    Mar 27, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    The skin is the largest organ in the body and through the pores it plays a major role in the detoxifying process alongside the lungs, kidneys, bowels, liver and the lymphatic and immune systems. The skin produces cool sweat to regulate the body's elevated temperature. It also has the ability to transform toxins from lipid-soluble or oil-based, into -easier to eliminate- water-soluble forms. Sweat carries toxins out of the body and flushes them through the pores.

    http://www.pureinsideout.com/benefits-of-sauna.html
  • TexanMan82

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    Mar 27, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Raising your temperature after resistance training can increase GH.
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    Mar 27, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    so if the sauna opens your pores and sweat detoxes your body, is it safe to conclude that saunas would help with acne? since the cause of acne is the clogging of pores due to a mixture of oil and dead skin cells, then if the hot sauna opens pores and induces sweating, then it would help to keep them all clean and thus reduce acne.

    anyone agree?
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    Mar 27, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    Actually, when I first started going to the gym, that is what someone told me. Sitting in the sauna and steamroom helps clear the pores and reduce the chance of a breakout.
  • auryn

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    Mar 27, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    I'm glad I read this before my workout. I've been meaning to get in the steam room at my gym and just didn't make the time for it. I feel less sore and a lot better for having done it. Yay!icon_biggrin.gif
  • vindog

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    Mar 28, 2008 4:01 AM GMT
    txguy1605 saidso if the sauna opens your pores and sweat detoxes your body, is it safe to conclude that saunas would help with acne? since the cause of acne is the clogging of pores due to a mixture of oil and dead skin cells, then if the hot sauna opens pores and induces sweating, then it would help to keep them all clean and thus reduce acne.

    anyone agree?


    acne can also be aggravated by diet...milk is a primary culprit
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    Mar 28, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    I don't know, but isn't it actually dangerous to do a lot of serious physical exertion right after elevating your body temperature? I seem to recall nearly fainting once when I got out of a hot tub to run up eight flights of stairs. I definitely don't think you should exercise after the sauna.