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Science of Saunas

Posted By John W. Patton, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sitting in the sauna is not a way to lose weight but it can have other benefits.  According to the American Journal of Medicine, " some studies have suggested that long-term sauna bathing may help lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension and...the transient improvements in pulmonary function that occur in the sauna may provide some relief to patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis. Sauna bathing may also alleviate pain and improve joint mobility in patients with rheumatic disease."  Though many of the up and coming, low-cost gyms do not have saunas these days, it is worth it to try it out for yourself.  Find a full-service gym and request a free pass for a week.  Then try out the sauna like you would the rest of the gym.  Don't stay more than ten minutes, but while in that hot house of cedar, try touching your toes or performing non strenuous stretches to see if it loosens you up.  Also sit on the top seat, closest to the roof for the greatest bronchial benefit.  Of course if you have a history of high blood pressure, skin sensitivities  or are overweight, talk to your doctor first.  Though you will feel like you are sweating off pounds, it's just water that incidentally, you will need to replace when you exit.  

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