Generally speaking, a sauna or a steam room is usually sought out to relax, improve mood and open up the pores.
BUT – did you ever consider the health benefits?
Here are some of the investigated benefits:
- Cardiovascular health: improves the extensibility of your blood vessels, with studies to show that it can reduce your blood pressure, and can reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event.
- Endurance: there are links that blood volume and plasma volume can increase, which improve time to exhaustion.
- Hypertrophy: there is evidence to show that Growth Hormone can increase two fold over baseline from 2×20 minute sessions a week. Elevated Growth Hormone levels is also associated with improved sleep quality and FAT LOSS.
- Strength gains: Elevated GH can also contribute to strength gains. But sauna/steam room activity can promote heat-shock proteins, which serve to preserve muscle (useful if you’re not training much, ie holidays) However, most of these benefits have been known to be only applicable to dry-sauna baths. Steam rooms induce a different response on the body, due to the heat vapour.