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The Pros and Cons of Saunas


A post-workout sauna is one of my favorite treats at the gym, especially after swimming. Now I have a new health rationalization for heading to the sauna every time I am at the gym: taking regular saunas seems to reduce your chances of catching a cold. In an Austrian study taking regular saunas, over the course of six months, decreased participants' colds by almost half when compared to study participants who skipped the sauna. Not only that but since saunas reduce cold symptoms, like congestion, they help folks recover more quickly from the common cold. Scientists speculate that the extreme heat saps the vitality of both cold and flu viruses, similar to a fever.

While saunas might be great for your immune system during cold and flu season, to see a reason to avoid saunas in Winter when you read more.

With Winter weather comes dry skin. If you suffer from Winter itch, the extreme dry heat of the sauna can exacerbate the problem. This is especially true after swimming in the drying waters of a chlorinated pool. If you have the option at your gym, try the steam room. The moist air will benefit your dry skin and make sure to lotion up afterward.

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