Steam Rooms

  • gsh1964

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    May 01, 2008 5:56 PM GMT
    Any one have an idea how steam rooms benefit your workout?
    Just wondering if I'm wasting my time.
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    May 01, 2008 7:04 PM GMT
    I don't know that it can benefit your workout per say, but it's great for your skin and the heat can be used to warm muscles up for stretching.

    I also find that if I have a cold, a SR helps to clear my sinus' and lungs out.
  • gsh1964

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    May 01, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    The steam room did help me get over a cold pretty fast, a week or two ago.
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    May 01, 2008 10:04 PM GMT
    There ya go =)

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    May 01, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    gsh1964 saidAny one have an idea how steam rooms benefit your workout?
    Just wondering if I'm wasting my time.
    Thanks


    It relaxes the muscles and increases the blood flow that removes the toxins generated during the workout. These toxins contribute to the soreness in the muscles later.

    Sweating also produces a stong antibiotic, Dermicidin, that disinfects the skin from the bacteria on the skin.
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    May 02, 2008 12:07 AM GMT
    Steam rooms are awesome for getting really athletic feet too. Nothing like a good dose of tinnea to get that real jock smell. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 02, 2008 12:48 AM GMT
    I do my after workout stretches in the steam room, and the vacuums.

    I've met some hot guys there too. The hamstring stretch was an excellent icebreaker for one guy, I could tell he was impressed.

  • G_rocco

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    May 02, 2008 3:39 AM GMT
    I've used a steam room once; my BFs gym has one, mine doesn't.
    I feel like it intensified my 'gym high' and left me feeling like i could take on the world! Just came out of the workout feeling uber relaxed, de-stressed, callemed out. Maybe it was more of a psychologial, than physiological, benefit?
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    May 02, 2008 3:42 AM GMT
    WHAT???? ....a stream room is for sex...quick, anonymous, fabulous sex!
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    May 02, 2008 3:44 AM GMT
    Stream helps you relax and opens up your pores. it feels great after a workout and is quite soothing. Anything else that happens in a steam room I couldn't say since I've never experienced it and I doubt I ever will.
  • ajlclimber

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    May 02, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    Now I'm curious. Is it better to take a steam before or after the workout?
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    May 02, 2008 4:30 AM GMT
    I don't know if they help your workout, but they sure make me feel good. Oh, remember to hydrate when you use them!
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    May 02, 2008 4:52 AM GMT
    From WikipediaSauna use may reduce the incidence of the common cold, and temporarily relieve the symptoms. It increases performance in endurance sport, increases plasma volume and red cell volume in athletes, decreased systolic blood pressure, significantly improved exercise tolerance, increased peak respiratory oxygen uptake, and enhanced anaerobic threshold in chronic conditions. Sauna plus multidisciplinary treatment may reduce chronic pain more effectively than multidisciplinary treatment alone. Sauna reduces chronic pain more effectively than cognitive behaviour therapy. It is indicated for rheumatic pain (with cold shower) but not for neuropathic pain. Is effective for appetite loss and mild depression.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauna#Benefits

    and so on and so forth...

    I definitely feel like my overall recovery downtime is shortened if I sit in the sauna a bit after a workout.
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    May 02, 2008 5:44 AM GMT
    citpolo saidand so on and so forth...

    I definitely feel like my overall recovery downtime is shortened if I sit in the sauna a bit after a workout.

    I knew there was a reason it felt so good.