Ever had a Sauna? It might be just what you need.

Have you ever thought of having a sauna? You know the ones with the fancy rooms or even a new fangled infra red light one.

If you have access to one it could be one of the best things for your recovery after exercise, and the key to a longer life.

Researchers in Finland indicated that in a study of more than 2,000 men the more weekly saunas they had the less chance they had of dying.

Frequent visits were also associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke. ( 1)

The hyperthermia, or increase in body temperature, is thought to stimulate your production of Human Growth Hormone. Human Growth Hormone is what helps repair and replace your cells particularly necessary after you have exercised.

Sadly though steam baths and hot tubs don’t do the same thing although the increase in circulation to your muscles does mimic a massage and help to get rid of toxins in your body.

If you do decide to have a sauna, take it gently the first time. You also need to take care with your fluid intake so you don’t get dehydrated.

Even though this research is on men the benefits of a sauna are thought to be the same for women.

(1)http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?doi=10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.8187

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