Sauna after workout: how long is too long?

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    Feb 08, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
    Especially after working out my upper body I love to relax in the sauna and sweat it out for a while. My concern is that it is counter productive of the workout. Does anyone know if it is or for how long you should limit the time?
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    Feb 08, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    I've never heard that there should be any time limit, but the older one gets I'd guess you can't endure the same exposure to that kind of intense heat for such long periods of time.
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    Feb 08, 2013 8:53 PM GMT
    I have never understood why guys will get all heated up working out and then go sit in a sauna.. I would prefer my body temperature going the other way instead of into heatstroke territory.. icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 08, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    Not counter productive at all.
    It allow you to relax, and keep a good blood flow to eliminate faster the lactate acid stored in your muscles.
    You get the same recovery improvement with a very low jogging, but it's less relaxing.

    As you temperature goes up, you heart rate too. You just have to stop when it become uncomfortable.
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    Feb 08, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    I think the time limit is based on your comfort level
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:49 AM GMT
    Don't go in #YCYL
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    My gym says 10 minutes. I have no idea why.
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    dudewithabeard saidI have never understood why guys will get all heated up working out and then go sit in a sauna.. I would prefer my body temperature going the other way instead of into heatstroke territory.. icon_neutral.gif
    because they like it?
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    I stay in there thirty plus minutes, steam room also.

    Are there any benefits to skin appearance? I know it must really clean out your pores, and I would think this improves the skin health and therefore look especially over time.
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    Incendiary saidDon't go in #YCYL


    Please clue me in, #ycyl?
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    Too long is when you sit there completely oblivious to the sex happening on the other side until they're finished.
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:30 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidToo long is when you sit there completely oblivious to the sex happening on the other side until they're finished.


    and it included you...
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    BuggEyedSprite said
    paulflexes saidToo long is when you sit there completely oblivious to the sex happening on the other side until they're finished.


    and it included you...
    Video or you're lying.
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    The heat of the sauna allows the blood vessels, even those close to the surface of the skin to open. This allows blood to bring oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and carry away waste created in the workout. It very beneficial for recovery after a workout.
  • metatextual

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    Feb 11, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidMy gym says 10 minutes. I have no idea why.


    legal issues, probably
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    Feb 11, 2013 5:59 AM GMT
    maxg13 said
    Incendiary saidDon't go in #YCYL


    Please clue me in, #ycyl?


    you cruise, you lose

    in other words, the gym is not for sex. saunas = the #1 place creepers like to hang
  • PandaDragon

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    Feb 11, 2013 6:58 AM GMT
    Check out "Strange and Mysterious Deaths" they have a short on a Sauna death in Sweden (or Finland... can't remember). Optimum health benefits: increased blood flow (which will aid in muscular development and regeneration), breakdown of cortisol (stress hormone) and other wonderful things within 10-15minutes. After 15 minutes, generally you can start damaging your cardiovascular system as your body is trying to counteract the increased core heat by shipping (in vain) your core heat to your extremities and your heart goes nuts trying to do this. Basically in a nutshell.

    So Sauna yes, but keep in mind the time you are in there.
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    Feb 11, 2013 6:59 AM GMT
    PandaDragon saidCheck out "Strange and Mysterious Deaths" they have a short on a Sauna death in Sweden (or Finland... can't remember). Optimum health benefits: increased blood flow (which will aid in muscular development and regeneration), breakdown of cortisol (stress hormone) and other wonderful things within 10-15minutes. After 15 minutes, generally you can start damaging your cardiovascular system as your body is trying to counteract the increased core heat by shipping (in vain) your core heat to your extremities and your heart goes nuts trying to do this. Basically in a nutshell.

    So Sauna yes, but keep in mind the time you are in there.


    Excellent! Thank you.
  • jayatl56

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    Feb 19, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    In Europe there's usually a cold pool for you to jump into after the sauna. The only place I've seen it in the US is a Korean spa.

    At my gym, I sit for as long as I can tolerate it then go take a cold shower. It closes your pores and makes your feel energized.

    Try it!
  • Smakkyoface

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    Feb 19, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    It depends on your comfort level really.

    I stay until I feel like I've sweat enough to clean out my pores. I leave the minute I get bored and there's no one cool to talk to. But I can stay there for an hour if I get a good conversation about the meaning of life or something.