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The Pros and Cons of Saunas

A post-workout sauna is one of my favorite treats at the gym, especially after swimming. Now I have a new health rationalization for heading to the sauna every time I am at the gym: taking regular saunas seems to reduce your chances of catching a cold. In an Austrian study taking regular saunas, over the course of six months, decreased participants' colds by almost half when compared to study participants who skipped the sauna. Not only that but since saunas reduce cold symptoms, like congestion, they help folks recover more quickly from the common cold. Scientists speculate that the extreme heat saps the vitality of both cold and flu viruses, similar to a fever.

While saunas might be great for your immune system during cold and flu season, to see a reason to avoid saunas in Winter when you


With Winter weather comes dry skin. If you suffer from Winter itch, the extreme dry heat of the sauna can exacerbate the problem. This is especially true after swimming in the drying waters of a chlorinated pool. If you have the option at your gym, try the steam room. The moist air will benefit your dry skin and make sure to lotion up afterward.


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ChristinaVal ChristinaVal 8 years
The sauna is a lifesaver for my muscles! I stretch in there after a long run for about 20 minutes...nothing like it.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
There is this Finnish sauna place near my apt people RAAAAAAAAVE about on Yelp.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i wonder how steam rooms relate to this one. i find that for myself the dry hot air is harder for me to deal with vs. the steam room that has moist air.
glitter-junkie glitter-junkie 8 years
I love the smell of saunas! It's the wood. I don't know how badly people act in them, I guess it depends where you go? Here in Wales people chat mostly: the sauna at our local pool is very hot so people don't stay in for long! I'd love to have one at home.
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 8 years
I really do not care for them.
sushiflower76 sushiflower76 8 years
I'm not a fan of saunas. Mostly because of how other people act in them. It's rare that a sauna experience isn't downright awkward.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
oh i love saunas, but i need a friend inside! haha the idea of being alone in a steamed room... scares me
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Not a fan of saunas because of their "smell". I don't know whats used to keep the place warm or if its the wood but the smell makes me feel sick (and not the people sweating smell, its more of the room itself or something in the room). Thanks lovely-1, I'll look into it next trip to GNC.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I have very dry skin and I find that visiting the sauna can help because it makes me sweat so much. My gym has a sauna but not a steam room and after a tough workout, nothing helps prevent sore muscles the next day quite like sitting in the hot room for 20-30 minutes.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
It comes mostly in powder (which I take) but you can find the pill form too. Honestly Smacks, I am a sickie too. ALWAYS have a runny nose and sore throat but since I started taking this stuff in December, I haven't been sick ONCE!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love saunas, but I don't get to visit one too often. My gym doesn't have one, which kind of sucks. I wish I could have one at home, but that's a bit unrealistic right now. I like the way they make me feel, but I wouldn't swear by them as a method to lose weight though. People think sitting in the sauna makes you burn lots of calories for some reason, but that's not the case. It'll make you sweat and increases blood flow to your skin, but the only weight you'll lose is water weight from the sweating.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Lovely, how does this stuff come? Powders, pills, mixes? I've heard about body builders taking it in "stacks" but not about the immunity stuff. I always get sick so I'm def. on the lookout for something good.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
One word: GLUTAMINE. Seriosuly, this stuff makes it so it is impossible to get sick! It's natural & found in your body so it is very safe to take. And it also helps you so you aren't as sore after a workout because it repairs your tissues faster.
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