We are accustomed with the sauna as being the place to go when you want to relax and burn some calories, even get a session of detoxification. But there’s much more to the sauna than that; you can enhance your athletic performance as well. It might sound weird, but studies and researches have shown that going to the sauna influences athletic performance. This is a true heaven, because now you can sit and relax while you take care of your body and push it’s limits safely at the same time. What could someone ask for more than that? In the following lines we will present the benefits that come from using the sauna to improve athletic performance.
For athletes, increased endurance is very important, but it should be for everyone very important because an enhanced endurance means better heart health and better health overall. Increasing your body temperature with a reasonable amount of heat makes your body prompt some beneficial changes to occur in it. For example, plasma volume and blood flow to the muscles and heart along with muscle mass that has been increased due to heat shock proteins are only some of the changes that occur. A study was released that showed the fact that going to the sauna twice a week increases the time athletes run until they get exhausted by 30%, after only three weeks.
Growth hormone release
High levels of human growth hormone indicate that you are strong and healthy. The levels of human growth hormone start to drop dramatically since the age of 30, this decline being the cause for our aging process. Don’t inject yourself with human growth hormone, which is actually dangerous for your health; there is another way to fix this problem. Just go to a sauna and do some exercise, and your human growth hormone levels will sky rocket back to normal.
A healthy body deserves a healthy mind
We all know that using the sauna releases your endorphin and gives you an overall sensation of well being. What isn’t a common known fact is that going to the sauna helps you release proteins such as brain derived neurotrophic factor, it increases the level of norepinephrine and prolactin, which actually have positive effects on your brain. Even the release of endorphin helps your brain, because less stress and a general carefree sensation is good for the whole body.