In recent years, many natural health advocates and biohacking experts (Ben Greenfield, Rhonda Patrick to name a couple) have touted the benefits of heat therapy - typically through the use of saunas. Check out Joe Rogan's podcast archives for those two names I gave above and you can hear some really interesting conversation on the topic. Dr. Rhonda Patrick on sauna
I also have a very thorough article written by the Wellness Mama on the benefits of sauna.
To give you a quick history:
Many traditional cultures used heat therapies for healing for thousands of years, dating back to the Mayans (2000 BC), and ancient Greecians and Romans (300 BC). Nowadays, sauna use is engrained in many cultures, from the Finnish saunas to the Swedish bastu, the Russian banyas, the Korean jjimjilbangs, and the Japanese sento.
One type of sauna is an Infrared sauna, which use invisible light within certain frequencies to penetrate and heat up the body’s tissues directly.
Three reasons why you should use an infrared sauna;
1. Heart Health & Blood Pressure
According to a review of all of the published scientific literature about these infrared saunas, the biggest researched benefit seems to be the coronary benefits, most notably in their ability to help normalize blood pressure and reduce the chance of congestive heart failure.
An increase in circulation and sweating can aid in detoxification, and in this way sauna therapy helps mobilize toxins. A systematic review in 2012 found that toxic heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury are found in sweats of people who are exposed to these harmful metals. In a case report, they found that mercury levels normalized with repeated sauna treatments.
3. Anti-aging, Muscle Growth, and Injury Healing
Saunas increase heat shock proteins, antioxidant enzymes, and stimulate cellular cleanup (autophagy), which can help our cells function like new. In aging mice, an increase in heat shock proteins help delay aging and improves cognitive function.
Sauna bathing can also increase several anti-aging hormones including human growth hormones and the insulin-growth factor 1. IGF-1, in particular, can really help with injury healing.
Several heat-shock proteins can even help with increasing muscle mass, even without weight training. Through photobiomodulation, infrared therapy has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that can accelerate injury healing.
Check out the article I linked to above for many more reasons....
Why am I posting about this?
Because we are getting an infrared sauna at the gym!!!!
Establish max set of strict pull-ups in 4 minutes
15 min AMRAP:
5 Strict Pull-ups
10 Deadlifts (155/105)
10/7 Calorie Bike