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    Feb 11, 2010 1:30 PM GMT
    Quick question: I was wondering if someone could explain the benefits of getting in a sauna... what do you gain out if it.. how long and how many times its recommended
  • DCEric

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    Feb 11, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    An ejaculation if you go to the right sauna. Not that I would know anything about that.
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    Feb 11, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    I love the benefits of a sauna, steam or jacuzzi. I love them especially after a workout. (On a side note, I lost my virginity i.e. got experience learning to bottom in a sauna when I was 20). A great memory!
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    Feb 11, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    Personally, Ive learnt to avoid all three.
    The jacuzzi in public places is usually dirty. Even in upscale clubs.
    Ive seen guys enter it directly after the steam or sauna.
    The steam room has a smell I cant tolerate. And guys sometimes cough in there. I think its an efficient way to get somebody elses germs.

    The sauna is the least disgusting, but the excess heat dries my skin.

    Warm water and a mild soap is the best I think.
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    Feb 11, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    DCEric saidAn ejaculation if you go to the right sauna. Not that I would know anything about that.


    Normally I would write, "TOO much information!", but in this case, do tell! LOL!

    And in a minor related note, if any of the 3 feels good, then do it. For me, the steam room or whirlpool is the favorite, especially before and after workouts in the winter. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 11, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    The heat will open the blood vessels and flush out the metabolic toxins after a workout....the kidneys will excrete the toxins....sweat itself does not remove toxins. Removing these metabolic wastes may cut down on the muscle soreness later.
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    Feb 11, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    Well..... gay sauna has just been answered apparently.
    A REAL sauna, ie. sitting in for relaxation, heat, sweat..oh, I seem to be describing just the thing icon_razz.gif, so meaning the NON-SEXUAL sauna, that one is good for the above-mentioned (relaxation, enjoying the heat, sweating, blood circulation, etc.).

    There are many theories about how long and then immediately jumping into cold water, resting after that, going maybe two or three times, but take it from an almost Finn (sauna is pretty native to Finland, bastu in Sweden), you do it the way you enjoy, you stay as long as you enjoy (don't strain yourself and try to break records (that's for the Finns, mostly those WITHOUT brains) you take a shower afterwards in a temperature that you enjoy after the heat.

    I for one HATE cold showers, but of course it is good after a sauna session, it just depends on how I feel on the day. I, on the other hand, LOVE sauna and go as often as I can at my gym after the workout. just for a quick sit, stretch a bit and relax and then continue my day - easy really. I tend to like temperature around 70 degrees C, that's not too angry yet when pouring some water over the stones.

    Needles to say, if you suffer from whatever, high blood pressure, problems with circulation, etc. you might want to consult a physician first.

    Having now said all this, some people don't like sauna and prefer a Hammam...

    Decisions, decisions, decisions... icon_biggrin.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 11, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    The only benefit is a chance to touch other guys penis in the dark and probably more. I dont care much about non sexual sauna, expecially if there female in it. Gay sauna for me .
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    Feb 11, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    I use the Jacuzzi after a long run or after I teach 2-3 gym classes in a row and/or have to add on a client. My body needs to stretch and doing it in a Jacuzzi makes me push the limits of flexibility.

    I use the sauna to clear my skin and flush toxins. I do it once a week after my hour long power cycle. I am drenched after that class, but then it is about 15-20 minutes before I am done cleaning up so everything gets cake-y so I need the cleanse.
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    Feb 11, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    Way to reinforce negative social stereotypes y'all. The dude was asking for health benefits, not your evidence that Focus on the Family is right after all.

    And people wonder why I avoid the gay community anymore. Downright 100% nasty.
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    Feb 11, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    YoungEros saidQuick question: I was wondering if someone could explain the benefits of getting in a sauna... what do you gain out if it.. how long and how many times its recommended

    I've been a devotee of sauna for decades, have books on the subject. You can read about the benefits of sauna online, or read library books. Here's one of many sites on the topic:

    http://www.pureinsideout.com/benefits-of-sauna.html

    I find sauna puts me into a calming, meditative state. It also reduces muscle soreness for me after a workout. I noticed I get fewer head colds when using it regularly, and a few years ago I read a study that said the common rhino virus in the nose is killed by the high air temperatures in a sauna. When I lived in cold northern climates it was also the best way for me to quickly shed a deep chill, if I had been outdoors too long. And finally, my arthritis bothers me less when I use the sauna.

    I agree that many public saunas are unpleasant for my purposes, however. I always sit on a towel, as you should, and wear flip-flops on my feet, so the place doesn't have to be immaculately clean. But other problems include:

    - Noisy people, who carry on loud conversations the whole time. Sauna is best experienced in a quiet environment.
    - Temperature set too high. Sauna should be a slow heat soak, not a quick 5 minutes in and out. But many guys only allow themselves a few minutes during their lunch-time workout, and to compensate set the temp to intolerable.
    - People who dump too much water on the rocks, creating a scolding explosion of heat, for their 5-minute session (see above).
    - Saunas that require clothing. Latex waistbands in gym shorts or swimsuits don't normally bother me, but can give me a rash in the heat of the sauna. I prefer a male-only nude sauna, and not for the view, since without my eyeglasses I'm quite blind anyway.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 11, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    Using the sauna at the gym dried my skin too much. I got a really nasty respiratory infection after using the steam room, so that's a big no for me. I don't have access to a hot tub, but that would be nice.
  • Devon_Fury

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    Feb 11, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    For me Saunas in da UP wit da Finns helped me out with

    -Relaxation after an intense workout, like a giant heating pad
    -Helped with my sinuses (Native to Chicago land I had some air quality related sinus issues that were markedly lessened by both the cleaner air and my 1st 5 saunas).
    -Helped with my body and face acne and blemishes, the heat helped pull the water out of my sweat leaving body oil on my skin- a warm shower with mild soap after removed that gunk.
    -Also formed a bit of a community level bond (Finns and Yoopers are pretty social folk).

    I highly recommend a sauna- Get wet 1st, stay in until you feel its time to go (you'll know), get some water, go back in if you feel like it or don't, and then shower off with mild soap.

    Sauna do's and sauna don'ts:
    1) Wear at least a towel to sit on. Unless you've been told to do otherwise its cleaner.
    2) Take off your glasses, rings, earrings and necklaces (especially scapula). They get hot!
    3) Always ask your fellow saunaers if you can add more water to the rocks before ya do. If you cannot add water to the rocks because of the setup- get out! This is not a sauna.
    4) Some folks like to add essential oils to the rocks, its your preferencem but they really permeate everything sp as before ask. If someone says no, then don't.
    5) Do be friendly and chit chat a little.
  • drypin

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    Feb 11, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    jimbobthedevil saidWay to reinforce negative social stereotypes y'all. The dude was asking for health benefits, not your evidence that Focus on the Family is right after all.

    And people wonder why I avoid the gay community anymore. Downright 100% nasty.


    I don't recall YoungEros mentioning "health" specifically. Are you avoiding the gay community or is it avoiding you?
  • 192HPRKMD

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    Feb 11, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    It helps you relax your muscles after a weight training session or cardios exercise. I usually stay in the sauna for 10 minutes. Bring a bottle of water with you. Stay hydrated in the sauna is very important.

    Here is some reading from Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauna
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    Feb 11, 2010 6:04 PM GMT
    I love saunas (the normal kind). The heat relaxes, increases blood flow, and is generally yummy.
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    Feb 11, 2010 6:04 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidUsing the sauna at the gym dried my skin too much. I got a really nasty respiratory infection after using the steam room, so that's a big no for me. I don't have access to a hot tub, but that would be nice.

    Then the sauna wasn't hot enough icon_sad.gif . Most saunas get hot enough to kill airborne respiratory ailments.
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    Feb 11, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    I love the sweating and the heat of the steam room, it's a great feeling and very relaxing for me. Opening up those pores and dripping sweat feels sooooo good.
  • curve

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    Feb 11, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    it's very healthy. Especially after a good work out. Be sure to drink alot of water. no more than 30 minutes. it's great to take a cold shower or roll in the snow and jump back in. Gets the blood flowing
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    Feb 11, 2010 6:28 PM GMT
    My wrestling coach makes us sit in the sauna after a session, he says it is good for the ligaments.
  • metta

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    Feb 11, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    Well, for the steam room, the main reasons are it helps keep my sinuses clear and gives me a couple minutes to stretch and relax my muscles after a hard workout.

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    Feb 11, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    I prefer a hot tub, then a dry sauna over a steam-room. What I dislike most about all 3 though are when loud-talkers come in . Why the fuck some people can't shut their friggin yaps for 5-10 minutes I'll never understand.
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    Unless someone in the sauna sparks my interests and I feel like talking to them, the sauna time is my unwind time. I work in a pharmacy and after running a couple miles I like to jump in that sucker and have my quiet time (away from people whining all the damn time and thinking that there problems are worse than everyone else's) while I sweat out some stress knots.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 13, 2010 3:14 AM GMT
    Pinny said
    Timberoo saidUsing the sauna at the gym dried my skin too much. I got a really nasty respiratory infection after using the steam room, so that's a big no for me. I don't have access to a hot tub, but that would be nice.

    Then the sauna wasn't hot enough icon_sad.gif . Most saunas get hot enough to kill airborne respiratory ailments.


    oh, the infection was from the steam room, not the sauna
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    It's a great place to relax because the steam and warmth feels good.
    It helps clear and clean your pores.
    It also soothes the muscles you just worked out.

    Anything more then that is an added bonus I guess but I wouldn't not something you should deliberately be seeking.