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We start off with a quick training recap.
On the one side, Nick has been doing a lot of sandbag of training lately. The system he’s becoming versed in is ultimate sandbag training, also know as DVRT, which is what they use at Tampa Strength (they even have a 100 lb sandbag). Nick also mentioned that Tampa Strength will be launching their group mobility class February 6th, which you can read more about in this blog post on their website for more details on the class and the importance of mobility.
Then there’s me, who’s really only been able to add a couple of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts back into my routine. Workouts have been brief (only about 12-minutes each) when Ella is napping, but at least it’s something!
Now, let’s heat things up a bit as we get to the main topic of discussion. Let’s talk about the health benefits of saunas.
Saunas have been used around the world for an extremely long time for relaxation and a range of health benefits. There has been a good deal of quality scientific research on the health benefits, most of which is from Finland, where they are utilized regularly by citizens.
A sauna is a small room or building used for keeping heat (steam or dry) in it. The types of saunas:
- Finnish sauna
- Electrically heated sauna
- Smoke sauna
- Steam sauna/room
- Infrared sauna
A quick search for at-home saunas led to us to find a range from $1000-$1500, and even some cheaper, DIY versions (picture below).
Some quick stats:
- A 2015 study stated that using a sauna multiple times a week can actually significantly improve longevity by reducing all-cause mortality by up to 40%.
- Another study suggests that sauna use can help improve athletic performance, muscle gain and proper regulation of hormones
- Dr. Mercola describes the positive effect on chronic brain-related conditions regular sauna use can have in a number of studies in his article.
Saunas have been touted for their health benefits since ancient times and now the science is actually backing up those claims. Some people still see them as more of a relaxation/luxury than an actual health boosting practice, but there is clear evidence they should be used for the latter!
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