Friday, August 14, 2015

Heating Up for Better Performance

Any person taking up sports activities for recreational or competition purposes can always use the tools available in the market to enhance their performance. Some quarters of the sporting profession claim that acquiring an infrared sauna can be of great help in this regard.

A common argument by sports therapists on the beneficial use of IR saunas is that they enable users to acclimatize themselves to higher body temperature. When using an IR sauna, the heat waves penetrate their skin, which encourages “hyperthermic conditioning,” a process that raises your body’s core temperature for short periods. From here, IR sauna usage triggers some potential benefits:

Better Brain Activity – Some studies state that the increased temperature from IR waves stimulate the brain to release neurotrophic factor (BDNF) proteins, which benefits brain activity. Likewise, a few minutes in an IR sauna also promotes the creation of fresh neurons in the brain stem, protects muscle fibers from age-related atrophy, and keeps brain cells from degrading.

Faster Muscle Recovery – Heat treatments help in the release of heat shock proteins in the body which help protect against muscle conditions such as rhabdomyolysis, a severe degenerative muscle condition. They have also been shown to slow down the progression of atrophy and promote regrowth in muscles. 

Better Endurance – The heat acclimatization during a brief stay in the sauna increases the body’s heart rate and improves its blood flow, which helps raise your level of endurance significantly.

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