Sauna Sessions – Replace Workout with Sauna?
Can you replace cardio with sauna?
In our newest sauna session, Kellen Mouw goes more in depth about cardiac health, how it relates to your sauna, and whether sauna can replace your workout. In episode 6 of our “Sauna Sessions,” listen as Kellen explains what it is like to go through a sauna session and how your body is affected.
Can you replace a cardio workout with a sauna session?
Sweating is one of the most important ways to detox the body of toxins. It kicks the lymphatic system into gear, boosts the immune system, improves blood circulation, and promotes healthy and clear skin. So, whether you are sweating from traditional sauna use, infrared sauna use, or physical exercise, the benefits are wide-ranging.
However, we do not recommend replacing cardiovascular or other types of exercise with sauna use. Don’t get us wrong, there are incredible benefits to both. An example includes an increase in heart rate and metabolic rate, which helps to burn calories and lose weight. The difference is that during an aerobic workout you are strengthening your heart, building endurance, and developing muscles.
Sauna promotes comfort and rest, rejuvenating and restoring your body in the process. This resting period is equally important for your body to recover and detox from any toxic build up. Dr. Jari Laukkanen, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Eastern Finland, is quoted in TIME as saying that during a sauna session muscles aren’t getting the same benefit that they would from a true workout. “However, circulatory responses may be similar,” he says.
Even though we don’t recommend replacing your workout with traditional sauna or infrared sauna use, we do recommend combining the two. Build muscle and endurance by walking, jogging, or swimming and then relax those tense, sore, or overworked muscles in the heat of your sauna.
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