Stepped out of the box a little for b-fast this morning..
It’s been forever since I’ve had it for breakfast, but it’s an awesome am option- so good heated up with almond milk, topped with berries and almond butter.
After yesterday’s adventures, we chilled at the house, and when Liv went to bed, I went upstairs for a little core workout using the stability ball. 15 minutes and I got in a lovely burn.
I was debating going to workout at work, but figured if I ended up there, I’d just sit in the Inhalation room for a while and then leave- it’s been calling my name lately. I’ve been craving a super heated room since it’s been a little colder –I say “colder” but it jumped down from almost 90 to the 60s- and think it has something to do with the fact that I miss Bikram and Power Yoga like crazy. I love the heat SO much –the hotter, the better- but taking a class right now isn’t realistic since it’s really like a 2 1/2 hour ordeal (90 min class + driving time).
Since I was thinking about the awesome Inhalation Room (with eucalyptus to soothe breathing passages)- I might have to hit it up for a few minutes after work this week- I also got to thinking about saunas. At LA Fitness, I used to see people roasting in the saunas all the time and loved how relaxing it looked. Of course, the bacteria factor comes to mind… undressed bodies sweating away… would the heat zap the germs?
So why are saunas and steam rooms in many gyms in the first place?
Saunas are extremely hot and dry (125-200* F), while steam rooms are at a slightly cooler temperature (max 120* F) but feel just as warm from added humidity. They’ve been used for centuries by various cultures and gained gym popularity from the calorie-burning and weight loss potential. You sit and burn extra calories.. sounds pretty good, right?
Is it true?
Weight loss occurs from profuse sweating, which is all water weight. You rehydrate and will gain in back.
Since your heart has to to work harder and the body uses its energy resources to cool down, you will burn calories, but according to various sources, only up to 300 for a 30 minute session. The thing is, you’re just burning calories- you’re not promoting muscle growth or fitness gains from your efforts. Actual exercise has a totally different affect on the body, since it gives you the ability to burn fat and tone muscle. More muscle leads to higher calorie-burning potential in the long run, and sitting in a sauna doesn’t promote strong, lean muscles.
Why do it, then?
If you enjoy being roasty toasty like yours truly without sitting in the sun, I say there’s no harm in it if you monitor how long you’re in there and hydrate appropriately. I also believe that sweating helps the body eliminate toxins, so a good sweat sesh every now and again is a good thing. Of course, the best way to achieve fitness and weight loss gains is through old-fashioned healthy eats and moderate exercise.
As far as the germ thing goes, I have no idea if the high heat in the saunas zaps the germs –steam rooms are a little easier to clean since they’re lined with tile, so I’d imagine they’d be less germ-y. Word to the wise: wear shower shoes, sit on a towel and shower after using the sauna or steam room. [Edited: deleted “wear a swimsuit” because instead of protecting against infections it does the opposite! Yikers]
Do you use a sauna or steam room every now and again? Fan of hot yoga, or notsomuch?
Hope you have a great day!
See ya later with a family post <3
Head’s up: New workout will be up tomorrow 😉
Something to do: Check out your Amazing April list and see what goals you have left to tackle- we’re halfway through the month!