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Do Infrared Saunas Burn Calories?

Infrared saunas do burn calories and a TON of them. Imagine burning the same amount of calories you burn while taking a long run but instead, you are relaxing in your sauna at home! Where do we sign up, please? Maximum Comfort Pool and Spa has top-of-the-line options that meet even the strictest safety standards for you to view. Having an in-home infrared sauna is one of the best ways to improve not just your waistline but your overall health and wellness.

Burn 600 calories in 45 minutes while relaxing.

Using your infrared sauna for around 45 minutes will burn about six hundred calories with a little wiggle room, depending on your BMI. The infrared sauna uses infrared heating to warm you deeply within your body, specifically the cardiovascular system. This triggers your body to respond like you are exercising and will act like you are running for those 45 minutes without all the wear and tear on your joints and body. 

Just something to keep in mind: don’t spend 45 minutes in your infrared sauna if you are new to sauna bathing! Like running, you need to train your body up to longer sessions. Start with a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes, then over time start extending your sauna sessions up to 45 minutes in 5-minute increments. And make sure you’re properly hydrated before entering your sauna, stay hydrated throughout, and drink plenty of water after your session is over.

Improve heart health in your infrared sauna.

Since your body is responding to the sauna in the same way it would react to running or vigorous exercise, your heart health will improve as well. All of the blood flowing throughout the body while your blood vessels expand allows your cardiovascular system to clean itself out while you relax. This can have incredible, long-lasting effects on your overall health and well-being, not just your weight loss goals. 

Release the endorphins! 

Elle Woods told us, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” When your body responds like you are exercising, you get those same endorphins! And Elle was absolutely correct in her conclusion that they would make us happy. The release of endorphins improves our mental health exponentially. You can begin to feel these results as soon as ten minutes into relaxing in your sauna. Literally, burn your stress away while you relax after a long day and let the endorphins flow through you. 

As an added benefit, feeling happier and less stressed also leads to weight loss if that is a big goal for you right now. We tend to crave things that are not as healthy for us when we are down or stressed. Those very foods can make us feel even worse if we give in and eat them. Feeling happier will allow you to avoid some of those cravings and subsequent crashes if you give in. 

Infrared saunas can also improve pain and muscle tension.

As a final benefit to your weight loss journey, the sauna will relieve pain and muscle tension over time. Having less pain and tension will allow you to meet any health and wellness goals you have more quickly. Since you’ll recover from working out better and be in less pain, sticking to your new fitness routine will be easier.


All around, a sauna is an EXCELLENT choice to add if you have serious health and wellness goals to achieve. It is also one of the easiest things to add to your routine to accomplish all that you want, including burning calories. People see mental health improvement almost immediately. Within about four months, you could also lose about four percent of your body fat. Maximum Comfort Pools and Spas has all the best options to help you see these results. Let us know how we can help you today!