Can An Infrared Sauna Replace Your Gym Membership?
You know the benefits of consistent, challenging workouts: cardiovascular health, stress reduction, detoxification through sweat, and more.
Yet so many of us don’t workout as often as we should because, well, we just don’t want to.
Listen, we get it: exercise isn’t comfortable. As the saying goes, “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
But what if that weren’t exactly true? What if you could get the benefits of a workout while laying down?
Infrared saunas claim to get you pretty darn close.
Using light (instead of the sticky heat found in traditional saunas), an infrared sauna heats your body from the inside out (rather than by heating the surface of your skin). As a result, infrared sauna’s 120-150 degree heat safely penetrates the skin and travels deep into the core of the body to give you a cardiovascular workout and jumpstart the detoxification process (sweat from a Far Infrared Sauna contains about 17% toxins!), all while comfortably laying down.
To check this out for ourselves, we hit up Health-LA, a new luxury health and fitness center in the heart of Beverly Hills.
In a private room, with a plush robe, we entered the infrared sauna, which, lined with wood, resembles a traditional sauna, until you step inside. That’s where the similarities end. Where a traditional sauna immediately suffocates you with its heat, the infrared sauna was warm and cozy, but not uncomfortable.
Throughout the entirety of our 30 minute session, we were comfortably relaxed. We weren’t especially hot or thirsty (although Health-LA provided us with plenty of alkaline water!). We didn’t feel like we were either suffocating or being pushed at the gym. But we were sweating and our hearts were definitely working (but not pounding). In fact, sweat was dripping down our shins, hot yoga style! (Which is, in our opinion, the barometer by which we measure SERIOUS sweating.)
It really did feel like we were getting the benefits of a killer workout without, well, the work!
Infrared saunas, though, aren’t just great for their cardiovascular and detoxification benefits. Rather, the benefits of the infrared sauna also include reduction in both stress and inflammation, treatment of chronic health problems (such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and rheumatoid arthritis), cellulite reduction, and even clearer skin.
Sounds like an upgrade from pounding it out on the treadmill, eh?
While we’re not saying you should cancel your gym membership and throw caution to the wind (your health and wellness are too valuable for that!), we are saying that you might be able to skip a day or two at the gym and instead relax…or just add infrared saunas to your wellness routine for the best of both worlds.
Health-LA, 6221 Wilshire Blvd, STE 101, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 424-320-3212, health-la.com