Steamroom or Sauna...

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    Jan 09, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    So this might seem a little ignorant, but my gym has both a steamroom and a sauna. I've gone it both, sweated like a mofo, and then showered. They both helped me to come down after a workout, but I wasn't sure what the difference was between the two. Is the whole point just to sweat? Is one better than the other? Someone said that it was dry heat vs. wet heat, but I don't see how that makes any difference. Also, how long is one supposed to stay in a sauna or steamroom. I usually try 10-15 minutes if I can even make it that long. Answer up, guys.
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    Jan 09, 2009 3:36 AM GMT
    I thought a sauna was just a room that was hot and a steam room is hot because of all the hot steam...
    I don't use either of them, I feel like I"m having a heart attack when I step into one.
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    Jan 09, 2009 5:29 AM GMT
    A steam room is much better for tinea. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:19 AM GMT
    You are writing about a hot tub or whirlpool bath. A sauna has dry heat, heated with hot rocks. You can take water into a sauna and sprinkle it onto the hot rocks to lessen the heat and it will still cause you to sweat. You should be listening to your body and leave if you feel out of sorts but usually a 10 to 15 minute period is good. You should then leave the room to cool off and then can return for another period if you wish.

    I am not a doctor but I have found that if I am suffering from a sinus infection that a sauna will help dry out the sinuses and kill virus. If I am not suffering, then a sauna is not so good as the sinuses then get too dried out and this is when I prefer a steam room. Steam rooms are, in general, not as hot as a sauna but they are still effective for sweating if that is your goal.

    The advantage that a hot tub has over a steam room is if you see a hot guy and start getting a stiff one, then you can avoid embarrassment by moving into the deeper water. That is unless you are a proud soldier type!!icon_wink.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:32 AM GMT
    sauna is way better
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:37 AM GMT
    makeumyne saidA steam room is much better for tinea. icon_biggrin.gif


    For getting it or getting rid of it? I think I'll stick to wearing - as the majority would call - flip-flops when using steam rooms or saunas.

    To be honest i prefer the steam room because it's a bit more refreshing. I'm not sure if there is any cleansing factor at all - sweating out toxins and that kind of stuff - mainly because if that was the case your breathing in a lot of other peoples toxins - yeuk!
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    Jan 09, 2009 8:09 AM GMT
    alexander7 said A sauna has dry heat, heated with hot rocks. You can take water into a sauna and sprinkle it onto the hot rocks to lessen the heat and it will still cause you to sweat. >


    Actually the opposite happens. When you drip water onto the rocks it creates more humidity which causes the heat in the room to rise. Hot water vapor is hotter than hot air.


    But I pick sauna....anyday.


    public whirlpools...no thanks
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    Jan 09, 2009 8:09 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]sydney_cider said[/citeTo be honest i prefer the steam room because it's a bit more refreshing. I'm not sure if there is any cleansing factor at all - sweating out toxins and that kind of stuff - mainly because if that was the case your breathing in a lot of other peoples toxins - yeuk![/quote]

    Nah, the toxins drop in sweat to the bench and then you receive them up your bum by sitting there nay ked. You can prevent this by having a wonderful bubble bum or using a towel. If using a towel double it over and lay it on the bench because wrapping yourself in it is against gay sauna etiquette.










    Just kidding, my whole post is a lie!
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    Jan 09, 2009 8:20 AM GMT
    vindog said
    alexander7 said A sauna has dry heat, heated with hot rocks. You can take water into a sauna and sprinkle it onto the hot rocks to lessen the heat and it will still cause you to sweat. >


    Actually the opposite happens. When you drip water onto the rocks it creates more humidity which causes the heat in the room to rise. Hot water vapor is hotter than hot air.


    Yeah, of course, you are right. Sorry, I stand down on that one!!
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    I love the sauna if hungover - an hour alternating in and out of the sauna - with a big bottle of water is a great cure. And being Irish - i know all about these type of things! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    irish_kayaker saidI love the sauna if hungover - an hour alternating in and out of the sauna - with a big bottle of water is a great cure. And being Irish - i know all about these type of things! icon_rolleyes.gif



    Interesting as I like Irish kayakers when I am hungover.
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    vindog said

    Interesting as I like Irish kayakers when I am hungover.


    wow - if anyone likes me when i am hungover - they are more than welcome to have me - brave man! icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    irish_kayaker said
    vindog said

    Interesting as I like Irish kayakers when I am hungover.


    wow - if anyone likes me when i am hungover - they are more than welcome to have me - brave man! icon_eek.gif



    Just lay there looking handsome with an empty bottle of Jameson next to you.
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    Jan 09, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    vindog said

    Just lay there looking handsome with an empty bottle of Jameson next to you.
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    Ah sure - theres always some empty bottle of alcohol lying beside me when i wake up!
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    Jan 09, 2009 7:05 PM GMT
    Steamroom is better
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    Jan 09, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    worst i have seen (or smelt) is guys who have tried shaving in the sauna - and have used the water bucket to rince their razor - then the water goes on the fire - Burnt Stubble anyone??? icon_evil.gif

    A guy in our gym was warned by management a few times! - Selfish creature icon_mad.gif
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    Jan 09, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    The sauna in my gym uses an electric fire - I've seen guys pouring water on it! One guy blocks the steam room sensor so it permanently pumps out steam, after 10 minutes nobody can stay in there for a minute, or even see in the room.
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    Jan 09, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    irish_kayaker saidworst i have seen (or smelt) is guys who have tried shaving in the sauna - and have used the water bucket to rince their razor - then the water goes on the fire - Burnt Stubble anyone??? icon_evil.gif

    A guy in our gym was warned by management a few times! - Selfish creature icon_mad.gif



    NASTY! Or the guy who wipes the sweat off his body and throws it on the rocks.....



  • HotCoach

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    Oct 23, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
    Saunas are typically 180 deg whilw steam (wrong! water vaopr is about 10icon_cool.gif.

    One gets wet in steam rooms b/c of condensation. Look at the walls. Are they sweating?

    Sauna takes longer but gets all the fluid out. Skin releases sweat in only one direction...out.

    Steam also not good for your lungs. If your lungs are congested do you go to Seatle or Tucson? Not to mention the gritters left by the last naked ass. Steam is like the rain forest. Breeds all the bad stuff!

    Stick to the sauna.
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    Oct 23, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    alexander7 said
    vindog said
    alexander7 said A sauna has dry heat, heated with hot rocks. You can take water into a sauna and sprinkle it onto the hot rocks to lessen the heat and it will still cause you to sweat. >


    Actually the opposite happens. When you drip water onto the rocks it creates more humidity which causes the heat in the room to rise. Hot water vapor is hotter than hot air.


    Yeah, of course, you are right. Sorry, I stand down on that one!!


    actually he is a moron, hot water vapor is no hotter than air if they are the same temp. hot water vapor may feel hotter but it isnt.
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    Oct 23, 2009 2:24 AM GMT
    chungo44 said
    alexander7 said
    vindog said
    alexander7 said A sauna has dry heat, heated with hot rocks. You can take water into a sauna and sprinkle it onto the hot rocks to lessen the heat and it will still cause you to sweat. >


    Actually the opposite happens. When you drip water onto the rocks it creates more humidity which causes the heat in the room to rise. Hot water vapor is hotter than hot air.


    Yeah, of course, you are right. Sorry, I stand down on that one!!


    actually he is a moron, hot water vapor is no hotter than air if they are the same temp. hot water vapor may feel hotter but it isnt.



    Silly goose. Of course it isn't hotter if they are the same temp. But it is if they aren't! icon_biggrin.gif

    But really - after direct contact with the rocks, it does become hotter than the air.
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    Oct 23, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    I always preffered the steam room and usually stay in for about 10 minutes. The Suana ugh haha
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    Oct 23, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    Olympic Athletes use the stream room. I read that in the New York Times.
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    Oct 25, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    chungo44 said
    alexander7 said
    vindog said
    alexander7 said A sauna has dry heat, heated with hot rocks. You can take water into a sauna and sprinkle it onto the hot rocks to lessen the heat and it will still cause you to sweat. >


    Actually the opposite happens. When you drip water onto the rocks it creates more humidity which causes the heat in the room to rise. Hot water vapor is hotter than hot air.


    Yeah, of course, you are right. Sorry, I stand down on that one!!


    actually he is a moron, hot water vapor is no hotter than air if they are the same temp. hot water vapor may feel hotter but it isnt.


    The sensation of "temperature" and even the measure of temperature may be the same, but the "heat capacity" as calculated by the SPECIFIC LATENT HEAT is indeed VERY and drastically different for "DRY" air VS moist/saturated (STEAM) air. Look at the way the ocean or a lake reacts to daily weather and how the air reacts to temperatures. Water is much slower to react, because it takes more energy to accomplish the same change of temperature, as say the air above and around the water...The best and easiest demonstration of this difference is in the climate of say steamy, tropical Miami and arid, dry Phoenix. 90 degrees is a very different feel in Miami than in Phoenix. The difference is the amount of moisture ...humidity in the air. The added moisture holds more energy for a longer time that the dry desert air. Indeed both locations are 90 degrees, but you may feel cool in Phoenix and feel totally smothered and have heat stroke in MIami at the same temps...and this is tied to the "ENERGY" of the air parcel being different at the same temperature......The same is true between the Sauna and the Steam rooms at the gym.... Too much of either is not healthy, both can make you feel nausea and light headed, etc.....the Steam room air temp is actually LOWER than the Sauna and that is tied to the amount of "energy" the air has in the two rooms. For Dry air to have the same "energy" as Steam...the dry air must be MANY degrees hotter, which further drops the relative humidity and changes the Specific Latent Heat...this is a dynamic equation and relationship...just realize that the air in the two rooms have very different physical characteristics to their types and sensations of "HEAT" and they are different temps.....Physics 102....
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    Oct 25, 2009 5:43 AM GMT
    I've read in some Fitness magazines the for weight training, steamrooms etc. can negate some of the immediate benefits of your post workout "pump". They suggest only a brief warm shower. I don't know how true it is and I can barely tolerate either Sauna or steam. I can force myself to Sauna for about 10 mins, in case I have a Sinus headache - it's great for that.