5 Reasons to Visit a Sauna This Winter

After the excitement of Christmas and New Years is over, wintry-cold further sets in leaving us with short days and no lack of the common cold/flu being spread around. In lieu of being tempted to book another tropical getaway, try relaxing in a sauna to remedy the winter blues and get much needed health benefits. Here are 5 reasons to start using a sauna this winter.

Fight the common cold or flu

As I mentioned before, there is no shortage of common cold/flu viruses being passed around in winter. Studies have suggested a relationship between frequent visit to a sauna and a boosted immune system. White blood cells are actually produced at a higher rate at high temperatures. This can drastically reduce your chance of catching the common cold and flu.

Cleanse the body

Sweating is crucial to allowing your skin to rejuvenate and release toxins. If you don’t sweat through a regular exercise routine, relaxing in a sauna is a great way to flush lead, copper, mercury and other trace chemicals from the skin, leaving it clean and refreshed.

Pain management

Regular sauna bathing has shown to relieve musculoskeletal and arthritic pain symptoms, which can be made worse in winter.  This can also include common pain that most of us endure daily, such as neck pain from looking down at our computer screens all day. In general, winter leaves our muscles tight and achy. The heat from a sauna penetrates deep down into your muscles allowing them to relax and easy your pain.

Healthy mind

If you are like me, winter makes me fall out of my normal routine. Getting up early, being productive at work, eating healthy, working out all seem to become less important. I would rather eat a heavy meal, stay in bed as long as I can in the morning, and choose to sit on the couch and watch TV instead of working out. This has a serious affect on my and others mood. Luckily, being in a sauna causes our bodies to release endorphins, which work as a natural mood booster. People also notice their energy levels to be higher throughout the day after just 10 minutes in a sauna. Higher energy and a good mood from a sauna will keep you going through the cold months.

Better sleep

Finally, regular sauna visits will help you get sufficient rest at night and feeling refreshed in the morning. Having the increase in endorphins in your body from your visit to the sauna earlier in the day will also give you better sleep. It has been found having a spike and then decrease in endorphins as we get closer to bed, often gives us a deeper and more rejuvenating sleep. Also, having more energy during the day and accomplishing more usually allows us to rest better at night.

Remember to always stay safe when using a sauna:

  • Limit your use to generally 15-20 minutes a day
  • Avoid quickly cooling down after, which can cause circulatory distress. Gradually cool down.
  • Avoid alcohol before or after using a sauna
  • Re-hydrate your body with cool water afterwards
  • If you don’t feel well while in the sauna, make sure you exit and seek help if needed

 

Comment below on if you could use any of these benefits from a sauna! 

 

10 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Visit a Sauna This Winter

  1. Saunas are great. Like you, I find that spending time in a sauna has a positive affect on the mind and mood. When I used to go to a sauna at a gym I belonged to, my quality of sleep improved drastically and it played a role in keep my body fat percentage low. 

  2. I love the sauna even in the summer. You see, I work in the air-conditioned environment and hardly do I have a chance to perspire. So whenever I have the chance, I will visit the sauna followed by a message.

    It really helps to bring the tension away and refreshes the body and mind.

    I am thinking to visit a country in winter and will definitely try sauna as recommended.

    Thanks. Marc

  3. Stephanie says:

    Woah! I wasn’t aware that spending some time in the sauna could help someone relief their arthritis pain. That’s actually a really shocking fact. The idea of spending time in a sauna seems really tempting now that I know some of the benefits I’ll get from it, I’ll be looking around in my city to see if we have one somewhere. Thanks for the information.

  4. Deepanshi says:

    Hey, I enjoy a lot while reading your article to Visit a Sauna This Winter. I find that spending time in a sauna has a positive affect on the mind and mood. When I used to go to a sauna at a gym I belonged to, my quality of sleep improved drastically and it played a role in keep my body fat percentage low. Thanks for the information.

  5. The idea of spending time in a sauna seems really tempting now that I know some of the benefits I’ll get from it. Regular sauna bathing has shown to relieve musculoskeletal and arthritic pain symptoms, which can be made worse in winter. regular sauna visits will help you get sufficient rest at night and feeling refreshed in the morning. Thanks for sharing awesome guide.

  6. Your guide is very helpful. Now I find that spending time in a sauna has a positive affect on the mind and mood. When I used to go to a sauna at a gym I belonged to, my quality of sleep improved drasticallyIt really helps to bring the tension away and refreshes the body and mind. I am thinking to visit a country in winter and will definitely try sauna as recommended.

  7. I go for a sauna everytime I need to destress my body from all the ache and muscle pain. This is best done at the end of the week and an hour is pretty much all that I need. This helps me sleep better during the colder months and it’s probably the only thing I look forward to during winter – besides hot chocolate 🙂 

  8. I learn so much by reading blog posts. I never realised that saunas help boost immunity. With Coronavirus set to hit the whole world, I think this will become a very useful practice. Also my husband suffers badly from osteoarthritis so having a sauna, especially through winter could be very good for relieving his symptoms. I sweat in the summer when I exercise but not so much in the winter, so I will make sure I visit a sauna during the winter to relieve all the horrible toxins that I’m sure I am carrying around after our horrendous bushfire season here in Australia.

  9. Very well-written and informative article. I do use the sauna regularly the whole year through. But mostly in the winter considering the benefits you mentioned. I just couldn’t how much is sauna helping me out. The refreshed feeling after exercise, when I just sweat all the unhealthy fats out of my body, following by cold water is just unbelievable. I am concern about what you wrote about alcohol. Is it really true, to not drink any alcohol after the sauna? I understand the reason for not drinking it before, but also after? In the overall perfect reminder, thank you! I wish you the best luck with your blog! 

  10. Hello there, If you haven’t been to a sauna then you need to. Saunas are the hose!! They detox, releases parasites, gets rid of heavy metals. They do shorten colds. It kills viruses. I could go on and on. I do my own research on the topic, which is how I know that stuff. It makes your skin and hair look better. Really good for relaxing and easing up the mood. 

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