Benefits of infrared saunas
It’s a fact. Since the mid ‘70s, worldwide obesity rates have tripled. To put that into context, almost 2 billion adults are overweight and about a third of those are obese. It’s not just adults either. Some 350 million children are overweight spurred on by lazier lifestyles and fast-food diets. It’s a shocking figure. However, with more accurate information on nutrition than ever and access for many to health centres, there’s never been a better time to get in shape. Plus, science is coming into play and accurately recording the benefits of infrared saunas, a method quickly becoming one of the most effective ways to shed those stubborn pounds.
What is a far-infrared sauna?
While the Finnish by balk at the idea of them even being saunas, far-infrared saunas are essentially the same thing though they use infrared light to create heat instead of electrical or traditional heaters. They are cooler than their Scandinavian cousins too at around 130 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the normal 190. People who find the traditional versions a little too hot to handle may find it easier to stay in far-infrared saunas.
Here’s several amazing health benefits of infrared saunas
It’s deep penetrating
Scientific studies have shown that the heat emitted from infrared saunas penetrate the skin much more deeply than heat from traditional saunas. This targets fat at a much more efficient rate and has proven to improve weight loss if used for at least 15 minutes a day.
It increases your heart rate
Just like doing a moderate amount of cardiovascular exercise, spending at least 15 minutes a day in an infrared sauna can push your heart rate up. In turn, this boosted heart rate is beneficially in helping to shed those pounds.
You can lose some serious calories
Believe it or not, a half hour session in an infrared sauna can help you lose up to 600 calories. That’s the equivalent of an hour-long run on a treadmill.
It’s great for pain relief
If you’ve had a heavy cardio session and your muscles are aching or you’ve picked up an injury, infrared saunas can do wonders in helping to relieve the pain. By improving circulation and relaxing the muscles with heat, inflammation is reduced significantly.
It purifies the skin
It’s been proven that the benefits of infrared saunas extend well beyond weight loss. Like traditional saunas, they help purify the skin by clearing pores, improving circulation and eliminating toxins. Healthier, clearer and softer skin awaits.
It can reduce stress and improve relaxation
Our busy lives are not conducive for relaxation. Stress gets your body producing cortisol which can have all sorts of health dangers including weight loss and strain on your heart. Fortunately, a short session in an infrared sauna can do wonders in helping to reduce stress and improve your overall mood.
It helps you sleep better
Scientific tests by the American Sleep Association suggests that regular sessions in an infrared sauna improve your sleep patterns, particularly the slow wave sleep or deep sleep. In turn, better place can help you look and feel better as well as having wonders in losing weight.
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