Sauna question: good for you???

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    May 11, 2008 11:36 PM GMT
    Okay so I went to the sauna today for the first time (I've never been to one nor to a steam room). At first the heat was bothering me a little but OMG after like the first couple of minutes I LOVED it I felt SO gooda and relaxed. No wonder the Native Americans had those sweat houses. They are awesome!!! I can't wait until I go in the next time in fact I'm thinking of using the sauna after every time I work out. I know one shouldn't be in there for like longer than 20 minutes. Aside from that, I don't really know if there are actual benefits for your workout? Does it help you in muscle recovery? Is the only benefit a feeling of well-being and/or clearer skin? Also, should one do it before or after a cold shower? Help me out here guys I'm new to this sauna thing!
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    May 12, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    After my workouts I take a quick rinse off shower go into the Steam room for awhile, I do my post workout stretches in there. The steam also opens up the pours and relaxes the muscles.

    After ten or fifteen minutes in the steam room I take a shower. I dry off in the sauna, it's the dryest place in town. Then I'm done. I dress and go home or back to work.

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    May 12, 2008 2:04 AM GMT
    The warmth of a sauna or steamroom is beneficial in several ways.

    The warmth opens the blood vessels and helps to flush the toxic byproducts of your workout. This flushing helps to minimize the damage these toxins do to your muscle cells. This cuts down on the soreness you feel in the muscles later.

    The sweat cleanses the pores of your skin. Opens them up and allows oils, dirt and bacteria to be flushed out.

    Also, along with sweat, the skin produces a strong antibiotic called dermicidin. It acts to disinfect the skin.

    My personal trainer recommended 30-minute session in the sauna. But he advised me to take a bottle of water in with me to keep myself hydrated.

    When I come out, I head right to the showers for a good shower using a washcloth to be sure and remove all the crap that I have just excreted on my skin and to exfoliate...get the dead skin off too.
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    May 12, 2008 5:34 AM GMT
    MMMMMMMMM This is so sensual Boys?

    Yes I have not been to a Sauna for ages now and used to go regular at my Gym!
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    May 12, 2008 5:40 AM GMT
    I'm sure they are very good for you, but the public sex atmosphere of the steam room at most gay gyms keeps me from ever wanting to venture back into one.icon_eek.gif
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    May 13, 2008 1:18 AM GMT
    RBY71 saidI'm sure they are very good for you, but the public sex atmosphere of the steam room at most gay gyms keeps me from ever wanting to venture back into one.icon_eek.gif


    That's exactly why I go to a gym that is not considered a "gay gym" (whatever that is I guess). When I was there I was there by myself for most of the time then another guy went in but didn't bother me at all it was cool.
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    May 13, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    caslon saidThe warmth of a sauna or steamroom is beneficial in several ways.

    The warmth opens the blood vessels and helps to flush the toxic byproducts of your workout. This flushing helps to minimize the damage these toxins do to your muscle cells. This cuts down on the soreness you feel in the muscles later.

    The sweat cleanses the pores of your skin. Opens them up and allows oils, dirt and bacteria to be flushed out.

    Also, along with sweat, the skin produces a strong antibiotic called dermicidin. It acts to disinfect the skin.

    My personal trainer recommended 30-minute session in the sauna. But he advised me to take a bottle of water in with me to keep myself hydrated.

    When I come out, I head right to the showers for a good shower using a washcloth to be sure and remove all the crap that I have just excreted on my skin and to exfoliate...get the dead skin off too.


    wow thanks man this really helps. You really know your stuff.
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    May 13, 2008 1:20 AM GMT
    PhxAriz08 saidYeah I always go to the Sauna all the time after I workout. I love it. Especially, when you walk outside of the gym, because you'll feel so fresh and relaxing.

    Yes sauna helps get ridding the body of heavy metals, dirt and chemicals... Also help clean your skin if you have acnes and relax your muscles. 20 mins is fine... I usually do some push up or curl-up in the sauna.

    I hope this help?


    It definitely gives me ideas on what to do while I'm in there :-)
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    May 13, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    The sauna doesn't remove any more toxins than the sweating from your workout does. But the point about rehydrating is a good one.
    I personally won't go in them. I see too many people going between the sauna and the shower, and....well, duh.