Infrared saunas: your new post-workout hangout

I always wondered why so many people headed straight to the sauna after a serious workout.  I wanted a cool shower, and they wanted to sit in an extremely hot room.  It never made much sense to me, but after M43 Fitness founder, Scott Abramouski, told me he was putting a couple Clearlight saunas in his facility, I decided to do some digging.

I quickly discovered tons of great benefits that saunas provide.  Saunas can help relax muscles and relieve deep muscle pain and joints. The high heat causes your body temp to rise, which means blood circulation gets a nice boost. This boost in circulation helps your body recover faster after workouts.

Saunas are also great for your skin. A mildly uncomfortable sweaty sauna session can help cleanse and detox your skin. The improved blood circulation improves your skin’s overall appearance and gives you a healthy glow.  But saunas aren’t just good for the body; they’re good for the mind, too!  Your brain releases endorphins from the high temperatures which helps alleviate pain and stress and can improve your overall mood.

So what makes infrared saunas better than a traditional sauna? A traditional sauna warms the air, which then starts to warm your body temperature. Infrared saunas work just like the sun—they warm the body directly. But unlike the sun’s harmful rays, these saunas are completely safe. Infrared heat is even used in hospitals to keep newborn babies warm.

Clearlight Saunas, a popular brand of infrared saunas, list these as their top 8 benefits:

  • Weight Loss and Increased metabolism
  • Muscle Pain Relief
  • Immune System Boost
  • Detoxification
  • Improves Appearance of Cellulite
  • Ease Joint Pain and Stiffness
  • Stress and Fatigue Reduction
  • Improves Skin

Clearlight saunas also have incredible cardiovascular benefits. A study of over 2,000 participants found that people who used a sauna 4-7 times a week were 63% less likely to experience sudden cardiac death, reports Medical News Today.  Adding to their lengthy list of perks, Clearlight saunas also have Bluetooth speakers and a chromotherapy light. In places like Michigan where the sun disappears for the entire winter, residents are familiar with Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Chromotherapy provides great treatment to make your winter blues disappear.

If you’re ready to try one of these infrared saunas out, check out M43 Fitness.  You won’t believe everything this gym membership has to offer! If you’re pumped about their saunas, check out their other equipment meant here: M43 Fitness: You are the machine. You can track all your progress through the app that’s part of your membership. M43 promises to be your road to success.