In the newsletter this week, we’ve got a relaxing sauna break, some intense cardio, and the ultimate ab-flattening finisher. Read on...
Now that we’re all getting back to the gym, some Fit Girls are resuming another gym tradition: the sauna. Originating in northern Europe in 2000 BC with man-made caves that were warmed by hot stones, the sauna ritual has today been updated to use modern electric heating.
Saunas reduce stress, speed exercise recovery, and may boost cardiovascular health. One study even found that sitting in the sauna for 30 minutes increases women’s levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which helps our bodies break down fats and build muscle.
Using a sauna right after your workout isn’t recommended by experts because, after a vigorous workout, saunas and hot tubs dilate your blood vessels, restricting circulation. It’s best to wait until your body has cooled down before stepping into the sauna’s heat.
Infrared saunas are a special type of sauna that use infrared light to heat the body from within. Promoters claim infrared saunas penetrate skin more deeply, thus releasing more “toxins”.
Science check: sweat can release some toxins, but your kidney and liver do most of the work of removing toxins from your body. The function of sweat is mostly to simply cool you down. So, don’t overdo it—take a break for a sip of water if you’re in the sauna and start to feel overcooked!
Hoping you can sweat out the bad vibes this week, Katherine & Linda