Live healthy, live fit, with a sauna
Here in the mountains, the soothing heat of a sauna feels good any time of year.
It’s the kind of toe-tingling warmth that seeps into your bones, eases your muscles and helps put your mind at ease. Few things feel better, if we’re honest. You might not know that other than simply feeling great, regular sauna use can actually help you stay healthy and fit.
It’s true! Research has proven it!
After a day on the mountain in the winter, or serious hike or ride in the summer – hit the sauna to help recover from your workout. Saunas have been shown to decrease muscle soreness, and increase human growth hormone, helping your body build fat and break down muscle.
Improved Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions in America. But using a sauna just once can help lower it. Sauna heat makes your blood vessels dilate, which helps your blood flow faster. (If you have high blood pressure, just be sure to talk to your doctor before using a sauna.)
A Stronger Heart
It may not be exactly the same as a workout, but using a sauna does make your heart rate increase just like hiking, jogging or cycling. While you can’t replace your regular workout regimine with relaxing in a sauna, you can relax with the knowledge that you’re making your heart stronger while you lounge. That’s not a bad deal.
A Healthier Brain, Too
One study showed that men who used a sauna several times a week had a 65 percent lower risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s, because of the increased blood flow to the brain caused by the heat.