Turn up the heat to get more out of your workouts
By Tracy Dye
Your body’s personal HVAC system can do a lot more than just cool you down. Breaking a sweat comes with numerous benefits, from relieving stress to zapping zits.
First, let’s take a look at some safety tips to keep in mind.
When you sweat, your body is essentially excreting water, sodium and wastes through the skin. After exercise or periods in the heat, it is important to replenish the fluids and electrolytes your body has lost. Foregoing a generous amount of water and proper nutrition can lead to dehydration and other complications. Thus — before you turn up the heat — be sure to:
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after breaking a sweat
- Practice proper nutrition to encourage healthy detoxification and natural body processes
- Search for water and low calorie sports drinks fortified with electrolytes and potassium
Certain medical conditions can be compromised by high temperatures, saunas and workouts. Check with your doctor before taking part in any of the activities detailed below.
Any type of yoga creates a beneficial mind body experience by relieving stress, pain and increasing physical strength. Hot yoga offers the same traditional benefits with more intensity. At a temperature of 85 to 95 degrees fahrenheit, you can stretch your way to quite the sweat.
Exercise also increases the release of endorphins — “feel good” hormones that offer a natural sense of euphoria and wellbeing. According to a 2009 study, the group dynamic of exercise classes like hot yoga augment these benefits.
Perspiration and pampering
A trip to the sauna can be just what the doctor ordered — literally. According to studies conducted by naturopathic physician, Dr. Walter Crinnion, the sweat generated during sauna use can have a serious impact on your health. The steamy temperatures in saunas allows the body to perspire at an accelerated rate, ridding the body of toxins and potentially ameliorating certain medical conditions, such as:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Muscle spasms
It should also come as no surprise that spa amenities like saunas and steam rooms are great for relieving stress.
Improve skin health
It may surprise you to learn that sweat is one of acne’s greatest adversaries. Perspiration allows the pores to open, which rids the skin of dirt and grime — two things that can trigger blemishes.
Sweat also produces the natural antibiotic, dermcidin. This anti-microbial protein is effective in fending off dangerous insects, healing wounds and can even combat tuberculous.
Ready to sweat it out?
Various amenities at Haven on the Lake allow healing and natural detoxification through the use of heat. Our healing environments and hot yoga classes are a few prime examples. Call today to learn more or visit us to recover, reconnect and rejuvenate your body and mind.