There’s nothing like starting or ending your day inside your own home sauna. Sweating it out during a 20-minute session can feel amazing. There are so many benefits for your body and mind in these sweat sessions. Whether you’re looking for a traditional or infrared sauna, each of them the have a full list of benefits to your health. We could practically write a dissertation on both traditional and infrared saunas.
While we also know that traditional sauna’s have their many benefits to your health, we wanted to spend a little time with you focusing on infrared saunas. Today, we’re going to dive into what we find are the top eight benefits of an infrared sauna. We will also take a look at some of the key differences between a traditional sauna and an infrared sauna.
So, you might be asking yourself right now, what is an infrared sauna?
A traditional sauna heats the air inside the sauna around you. Remember that dry mouth feeling that can come with sitting inside a sauna for too long? So do we. These saunas use steam and heated rocks to heat the air of the sauna. Sometimes the air inside of them can get up to between 150° F to 180°F.
An infrared sauna keeps the temperature it operates inside to between 120°F and 140°F. They use infrared lamps to warm your body directly versus just heating the air around you.
This infrared technology has many benefits to your health, let’s look at the eight we find particularly worthwhile.
1. Stress and FatigueOne of our favorite infrared sauna benefits is the effect that twenty minutes in an infrared sauna can have on stress. Really there is no better feeling than to be relaxed and get completely rejuvenated.
The way Infrared saunas and the electromagnetic radiation soak into your body has been shown to impact your autonomic nervous system This creates an ability for the body to heal and restore itself.
2. Increasing Your MetabolismAs you’ve experienced before, time spent in a sauna, whether traditional or infrared, has your body producing a good amount of sweat. In turn, this is pumping blood and burning calories. Yes, you can burn calories by just sitting in your hot home sauna!
These are referred to as “passive aerobic workouts” because your body is receiving the inherent benefits to a cardiovascular workout, but without the stress.
Have a really rough weekend out with your friends? Or just want to start that cleanse you’ve been talking about forever? Getting your own infrared home sauna is a great way to get a healthy jump start! Daily sauna sessions assist the body in expelling toxins and even alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid and such.
You’re literally sweating out the toxins.
4. Aches & PainsExercise and normal aerobic workouts can eviscerate your joints and inflame things like arthritis and muscle aches. Infrared saunas help to reduce inflammation, soreness, and joint stiffness by contributing to the increase in blood flow through your body.
Infrared is shown to help warm your body. In turn, this helps your muscles heal faster, and can increase your flexibility and range of motion.
When it comes to things like arthritis, the pain this causes can leave you losing days. Spending twenty minutes in your own infrared home sauna can bring much needed relief, using radiant heat to relax.
5. Your SkinSweating every day in your home sauna literally helps shed dead skin cells. We all want healthier looking skin, and sweating excessively and in a healthy way can do just that.
Anytime that you’re increasing your blood circulation you’re improving any sort of skin ailment. Things like acne, psoriasis, healing of scars, and even eczema. It’s as if stepping into your home infrared sauna is like shedding your old skin and making room for a brand new you!
6. ImmunityNot the Diplomatic kind. This kind of immunity is more in how the wavelengths of infrared saunas penetrate your skin and help increase your core body temperature. In short, giving yourself a fake fever. You know how when you’re feeling that cold comes on and you may crank the heat, wrap yourself in the heaviest blanket you have and then sweat it out. That’s exactly what spending 20 minutes inside an infrared sauna does.
This sort of thing enhances your immune system and when you put that together with expelling the toxins through your sweat, it can increase your overall immunity.
7. Pump that Heart!Anytime you’re increasing your heart rate on a regular basis, you’re building your heart health. Yes, even through a sweat session in an infrared sauna. As discussed above, during a “passive aerobic workout” you’re still getting your heart pumping, and doing it in a healthy way.
Keeping that ticker running is a vital part of feeling healthy as we all know.
8. CelluliteWe all know what it is and aren’t fans of it at all, are we? The dimples that make you feel like your skin has the appearance of an orange-peel. But when you have buildups of cellulite, you’re just collecting pockets of fat. Sadly, it’s a thing that’s rarely seen in men.
No doubt if you’ve been seeing these pockets of fat and trying everything to get rid of them, one place to look you may not have thought of is an infrared sauna. The wavelengths emitted by infrared saunas penetrate your skin deeper than a traditional sauna. This penetration that occurs, as discussed above, increases your metabolism and a slower metabolism can increase the storage of cellulite fat in your body.