the sauna at the gym as a workout

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    Dec 28, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    Just a question to get others' opinions:

    At the gym there are a group of generally overweight guys who seem to "workout" by sitting in the sauna for a really long time. They'll be in there for 20 or 30 mins, then get out and shower, then go back. It's a cycle, and the uncanny thing is, they are all overweight.

    Is there any workout or health benefit to this? It cannot be aerobic exercise. Does it cause weight loss other than just water/sweat weight that is lost? Or are they wasting their time?

    It sort of bothers me because it seems like they are not doing anything to help them lose weight. Any thoughts?
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    Dec 28, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    Neither sauna nor steam room alone will significantly aid in weight loss. It's a myth many decades old, likely promoted by the fact that a temporary water loss through perspiration may produce a loss on the scales. But the water loss is quickly regained.

    At the same time, there is some evidence that a heat soak can have circulatory benefits in some individuals. For myself, heat helps my arthritis, and limits muscle cramps and tightness after exercise. But I don't do it to lose weight, and I also exercise when I visit the gym.
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    Dec 28, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    sauna treatment if done properly can help the immune system (the body thinks it´s having a fever). the weight lost is irrelevant.. it´s all water and is regained fast. It also can help with muscular stiffness. It may benefit health, but work out it is not.
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    Dec 28, 2008 11:51 PM GMT
    Ya think they are working out their eyes!
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    Dec 29, 2008 1:28 AM GMT

    Something tells me they get a good wrist workout and maybe a little glute workout (theirs or someone elses), and minimal eye strain. However, gyms are for more than working out: these fat men may go to them for the social aspect, they go to relax, and steam can be very therapeutic and so can cruising fine young ass. Imagine their glee if they've noticed you paying attention to the size of theirs.
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    Dec 29, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    Some guys seriously think it makes you lose weight, but it's only in the form of about 10 lbs of water which you'll put back on overnight.

    Works great when you're trying to dry up crispy for a photoshoot, though.
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    Jan 11, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    I think you're bothered because your assumption is flawed. GG is right, it's just a social event for them, not a health thing.