While the sauna might seem like a space dedicated to pleasure, there are a variety of benefits that come with using it after a good workout. It’s an environment that contributes to recovery after a workout, shedding a few extra pounds, and all-around better health.

Keep reading to hear about the benefits, so you can start taking advantage of your local gym’s sauna today.

1. Stress Relief and Decrease Muscle Tension

When in a heated space, your body releases endorphins and improves blood flow, which calms your muscles and contributes to stress relief. This will help improve your daily routine without wearing down your body after some exercise, making for better health as well.

Going to the gym is a great way to improve stress relief. But following it with time in the sauna can increase this benefit. Professional athletes have spoken about how using this amenity has helped inside and outside the gym with muscle tension.

After a hard workout, your muscles can get overworked and shut down. The heat is a great way of keeping your muscles relaxed so that when you come back for the next workout, sore muscles won’t hold you back as much. It can also make them calm for when you go to complete your other daily tasks and you have this regular source of stress relief and healthy muscles.

2. Weight Loss and Detoxification

Excessive sweat may not sound fun, but it’s crucial to better health. Sweat is your body’s natural release of water and small concentrations of chemicals, leading to recovery. Studies have attributed the release of toxins and heavy metals to this process, which are harmful substances that negatively impact your health.

This benefit requires deep sweating, a process made easy by the steam room’s heat without forcing yourself into an uncomfortable environment or clothing. Consider this space the equivalent of wearing a sweatsuit.

Additionally, by releasing sweat, your body is releasing built-up water weight. While this weight loss is only temporary, it can be a signal that your metabolism may be speeding up.

3. General Better Health

From skin benefits, improved sleeping habits, and better health, there are a lot of things to be obtained from a relaxing sauna session. Mainly, the easiest thing to obtain is the calming feeling which comes from the endorphins. This is an immediate reward which can be an excellent treat following a workout.

Skin benefits come from the sweat release, which pushes bacteria out and rejuvenates your pores. This gives your skin a soft feeling and contributes to the replacement of dead skin cells.

Another benefit worth noting is a sauna’s contribution to increasing white blood cell counts, something which helps fight illnesses. This ensures you’re able to fight general illnesses and ailments. The steam can also loosen your mucus and help recover from smaller illnesses such as a cold or allergies.

Give It a Try and Enjoy the Benefits

While there’s lots of pleasure to be derived from the sauna in your local gym, a variety of health benefits have been associated with the amenity. Try it out after your next workout and see what the sauna can do for you. Claim your guest pass and try it out after your next workout to see what the sauna can do for you.

As the month of February focuses on the ones we love, we decided to showcase some of the “Things We Love” within the walls of Fit Athletic Club during this Valentine Season!

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Give a women the right shoes and she can conquer anything. There’s a whole lotta love in this pair of spin shoes. 15 years of love to be exact. And they could only belong to the one and only, Connie Cook – a spin class we LOVE!

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Cardio can be a pain in the butt, but what’s not to love about this view?! Enjoy getting your sweat on with a VIP view of Petco Park from the balcony at Fit Downtown.

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Let’s be honest, happiness is a gym all to yourself. But true happiness is a gym that actually has the space to comfortably workout. If you haven’t already, check out the 5000 square feet Turf Zone at Fit Athletic Solana Beach!

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What’s better than sweating it out and not having to work for it? Take advantage of the Dry Sauna at any of our three Fit Athletic locations!

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Because who doesn’t like to hangout poolside on a rooftop deck? Oh, and not to mention with a stellar view of Petco Park.

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Tennis, the fun kind of cardio. Discover your inner Serena Williams at Fit Carmel Mountain’s tennis courts!

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