Exercise and Sauna
I went to Fitness First in the morning. After dancing class, I took shower & walked into the steam room for a 5-min relaxation. There was this girl, lying on the bench, with all her cosmetic, skin care stuff around, looks like she had been there a while. After a few mins, she got up, went outside get some drinking water back, drank the water and lie down again, during the whole time, she was massaging her body and even did some small sit-ups.
I didn’t stay long, only 5 mins, I retreated.
But I googled and want to talk about the benefit of doing exercise and having sauna or steaming (depends on if you like dry or wet). Exercises are good for body circulation, during exercise; the heat relaxes your muscles throughout your entire body. So after a bit of exercise, then sit in the FIR Sauna or steaming room, the heat from Sauna and steaming room will open up your pores, and the steam acts as a natural care treatment to purify and cleanse the skin. You will sweat profusely, it helps purify and detoxify the body. Hence it is helpful in the treatment of skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
What you should do if you don’t do exercises before you jump into Sauna or steaming room. Actually, like that girl I saw, when you do some light exercise in a sauna, you get the benefits of the heat and circulation amplified many fold. By light exercise and heat at the same time, you are giving your body a wonderful treat— you can massage gently as you stretch and roll your arms around; you can caress your body as you massage your head, arms and legs.
I believe that’s where hot yoga originated—some friends endorsed that they lost weight and skin got much smoother. (I didn’t personally try that since it obey my rule of yoga which has to be practised in a natural environment. 🙂 )
However, be careful — Pregnant women and people who suffer from high blood pressure should not sit in a sauna for long. You should drink water before sitting in a sauna and immediately leave if you feel dizziness or nausea.
Enjoy the heat!