Summary: These sauna tips will help you make the most out of your sweat box sessions.
If you've been following our blog, then you know we are huge advocates of regular sauna use and profuse sweating.
We won't go into all of the benefits of sweating in a sauna like a roast pig again, but thought we would post some tips for using the sauna and getting the most out of your detox and recovery time. (Click here to read about the benefits of Sauna use.)
Saunas are an incredible health tool and the following tips will help you get the most out of it.
4 Sauna Tips for Enhancing Your Time in the Sweat Box
Sauna Tip #1: Where comfortable clothing...or nothing at all
The less clothes you wear in the sauna, the more comfortable you'll be. Less clothing will allow your skin to breath and make it easier for you to stretch and move around.
The best sauna clothes are swim suits, light athletic gear, bathrobes, or towel wraps.
Sauna Tip #2: Come Prepared
When using your sauna, make sure you have everything you need so you can keep your mind off the heat and not get bored.
Some of the basics include:
- A watch so you can track how long you have been exposed to the heat
- A book or magazine to pass the time
- A large towel to sit on and a hand towel to wipe away sweat from your face
- At least 16 to 24 oz of purified water
- Music of your choice (if you don't like silence)
Sauna Tip #3: Have a Routine
If you don't keep your mind busy, you'll likely focus on the heat and bail before you can get a deep sweat going. To avoid this and to help pass the time, create a routine that you go through every time you sauna.
Three of the best uses of time in the sauna is to do breathing exercises, meditate, or stretch. All of these serve to enhances the sauna's natural benefits; especially stretching.
The heat of the sauna warms the muscles making them more pliable and easier to stretch. This helps relieve excess tension and also helps push out metabolic waste so that it can be pushed out of the body via your sweat glands.
Sauna Tip #4: Cool Down Properly
During your sauna session your body will lose both water and minerals, making it incredibly important to replace your electrolytes.
Your body will also continue to circulate large amounts of fluid for several hours, so make sure you do the following after each session:
- Drink a minimum of 16 to 24 oz of filtered water with himalayan or other raw sea salt sprinkled in.
- Take a cold shower. Note: Don't do this too quickly if you have blood pressure issues, as the sudden change in temperature could cause you to pass out. Start with cool/warm water and decrease the temp over time.
Conclusion: These sauna tips are important for getting the most out of your sauna detox sessions. It is important to drink plenty of water and to prepare before, during, and after each session so that you can maximize the benefits you receive.
Stretching, meditation, and breathing exercises being the best ways to utilize your time during each sauna session.