If you’ve ever used a sauna, you are familiar with the feeling of relaxation while using it. Saunas not only help you feel more relaxed and rested, but they can help relieve sore muscles and improve your overall health. However, for many, the high temperature of a traditional sauna is often too much to handle which is where infrared saunas come in.
A traditional sauna works by heating the air around you. However, an infrared sauna uses infrared lamps that warm your body directly. These infrared panels penetrate your body’s tissue and heat up your body rather than the air. Because of this they can operate at a lower temperature ( between 120˚F-130˚F) than a traditional sauna, which typically runs between 150˚F-180˚F.
The heat of an infrared saunas penetrates more deeply than the warmed air of a traditional sauna. This allows the user to stay in the sauna longer and experience the many benefits.
The benefits of using an infrared sauna are similar to those found with using a traditional sauna. Some benefits include:
Some research has also suggested that those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and high blood pressure may benefit from using an infrared sauna.
Those who partake in regular workouts or strength training sessions will also see benefits from infrared sauna use since they help decrease muscle soreness and improve recovery time.
While there have been no negative side effects reported, users should still use caution and watch for signs of overheating, dehydrating, and interference with certain medications. Those who are pregnant or have heart conditions should consult with their doctor prior to use.
One of the great benefits of infrared saunas is that they are highly affordable, making it possible for homeowners to install one in their homes, or for boutique gym owners to install them in their facilities.
There are general guidelines users can follow for using an infrared sauna, but ultimately, it is up to you. If you are uncertain, you can always consult with your doctor prior to using an infrared sauna.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Once your session is over you should take your time and let your body cool down. Once cooled down, take a shower or bath and be sure you are drinking plenty of water.
Most healthy people can use an infrared sauna 3-4 days a week, however for some daily use can be enjoyed.
At Expert Fitness Supply, we have a variety of infrared saunas available for purchase, here are some of our favorites: