×

How To Burn 500 Calories While Doing Nothing

by Sportitude
14 May 2016

When it comes to the ever-expanding presence gyms and fitness centers in your local area, how do you choose the one that suits you best? Perhaps the presence of a sauna may make the decision a little easier for you. Designed as small rooms or houses where one can have a heat session (dry or wet), the health benefits of these rooms make them an ever-increasing bargaining tool. So here are the top 5 reasons a sauna may be for you.  

1. Sauna’s flush toxins. We know that sweating is one of the most effective ways of eliminating toxins from the body and a sauna will do just that. 

2. Weight-loss. Saunas offer a relaxing way to boost your metabolism and burn some extra calories (quite literally).  The heat experience during a sauna session increases the heart rate and a 20-minute session can burn as many as 500 calories. 

3. Some studies have shown that saunas lead to improved performance in endurance sports by increasing a person’s heat tolerance threshold. Long distance runners, as an example, are shown to feel less fatigued and maintain their energy levels for longer.

4. Immunity Booster: Saunas are found to help boost the body’s production of white blood cells and in turn help promote a stronger immune system. White blood cells are essential to fighting off infections so a visit to the sauna during winter may be more beneficial than just heating up those cold muscles.

5. Post-workout recovery. Sweating it out in the sauna, post-workout- will aid in recovery by allowing the metabolic waste to be eliminated from your body. Additionally, the heat produced in saunas promotes increased blood flow to help boost recovery and help relax tired muscles.  

 If you have experienced prior health concerns, it is recommended you consult with your doctor before you start your sessions.