You’ve probably heard of the many ways a sauna session could impact positively on your health. There are published studies that link longer life and reduced fatal heart problems to regular steam baths. However, probably due to hectic schedules, you may not always have the time to get in one, so you need to get the most of it whenever you get the chance. Here are a few tips:
• Irrespective of the type of sauna room, be sure to drink about 8 to 16 ounces of water before going in. Your body could lose up to a pint of water in a 20-minute session, so it is important to stay hydrated for body organs like your kidneys to still function normally.
• While waiting for the sauna to warm up, take a quick bath with soap to wash off dust and perfume. Accumulated dust on the body could block your pores. If you’re using an infrared sauna, you may not have much waiting time since it warms up almost immediately.
• Step out after about twenty minutes and cool off with a shower, but avoid extreme changes in temperatures when doing so, according to the Finnish Sauna Society. If you think a shower is too extreme, just sit down for about 15 minutes at normal room temperature.
• Be sure to replenish your fluid levels and maybe munch on a salty snack. Take time to relax and you should be able to relish your sauna benefits until the next time.