Using The Sauna For Recovery And Other Benefits

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  1. Vickeree

    Vickeree Member

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    Did you know that sauna is not only a good way to detox yourself but it also helps in recovery after a gruelling long run or an intense interval and it's also good for the brain and it can also make you resilient! I usually go once or twice a month but I would like to know if there's anyone here who does it on a regular basis and what benefits you get from it?
     
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  2. sunshiney

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    There's a sauna at the pool my friend (another cyclist) and I visit, so I usually end up using it once a week or so. I'm not sure about any long term benefits, but it's a really good way to de-stress and relax sore muscles after a ride, especially when it's cold out. That's the main reason why I like it. I feel like it helps keep my skin looking nice as well.
     
  3. Damien Lee

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    There are saunas in my hometown but they are located a bit out of my way. I only used one a few years ago and I did find it quite relaxing and enjoyable. However, it wasn't a during a day where I did something that was physically grueling. Therefore, I didn't feel a huge difference in my physical well-being. I should consider going there again after I've cycled all day long.
     
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    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    If I were Finnish I would sauna daily.

    Being American, the closest I can come in either house is a hot shower. Back in the hippy days we built a huge sauna and heated large sandstone rocks in an outdoor fire. We used garden forks to fish the hot stones out of the fire transported them in old wash tubs into a central pit in the sauna room. a ladle of water splashed on them every so often provided steam so hot we could barely breath...but that hot, moist air opened up the lungs and sinuses like nothing else I've experienced in life.

    Dry saunas don't get it, for me. Give me steam!
     
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    There are a couple of saunas that are close by.

    I've never used one but I have a friend who does and she says they are really enjoyable, so I'm thinking about giving one a try myself.
     
  6. JSWin

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    Yes I use it as often as possible. There are lots of benefits. If your muscles are sore. Loosing water weight and slimming down. Good for your skin, it helps detoxify the body. The sauna is actually a really great tool if you are serious about stepping up your game. Using hot and cold on the body is really good for you. Keeps you slender and more adaptable.
     
  7. Regalia

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    No, I didn't know all that! Is that why you chose that icon? Because you open yourself up to facts like this? Gotta add sauna to my bucket list. Or just things to do every once in a while. The way they portray it on TV, it MUST feel good.
     
  8. GemmaRowlands

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    I do a lot of swimming, and I am able to make the most of the health suite - including the sauna - when I go to swim. This is something that I really enjoy a lot of the time, and I do find that it can relax my muscles and mind when I have done a lot of exercise like riding in recent days. It certainly takes some of the pain away, and means that my muscles don't hurt as much when I wake up the next day, so that's great as far as I am concerned.
     
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    When I'm in Finland, I usually do go to sauna daily. I wish I had one here. Nothing better after a cold weather ride, I would think.

    The steam is essential. The Finnish word for sauna steam (as opposed to your every day ordinary steam) is almost impossible for any native English speaker to pronounce. :D

    And that's how sacred sauna is to them---they have a special word for the steam produced by tossing water on hot rocks.
     
  10. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Löyly!!!

    Every now and then I will see a really expensive home for sale with one of those pre-fab saunas installed in the master bath or near the pool room or the exercise/gym room. I even saw two of the new, un-installed steam sauna booths for sale recently.

    Neither house has an ideal spot to install one of those 2-person booths with benches and glass doors, but I might buy one if the price was right and wire it in to the finished part of the basement.
     
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