How to Keep Yourself De-stressed With an Outdoor Sauna
Posted on 03 February 2021
Sauna use is an ancient tradition that originates in Scandinavia. Many clinical studies are now discovering the underlying health benefits of regular sauna use. Decreased stress, improved sleep, faster muscle recovery, and treatment of aches and pains are just a few of the many health benefits bathers notice when regularly using their sauna. It is easier with a home sauna than ever to access these health benefits without paying for expensive visits to the spa. Outdoor saunas are a great way to take in the sights and sounds of nature in your backyard while also relaxing and unwinding in a warm oasis. With the ongoing pandemic, many people are trying to find ways to manage their stress and anxiety long-term. Here, we have summarized how a home sauna may be the perfect solution for managing your stress and improving your overall health.
Improve Health and Wellness
Many homeowners benefit from integrating home sauna use into their fitness and wellness routine. The warm, relaxing environment of a sauna can help to relieve tension and aches in the body, alleviate symptoms associated with chronic pain and arthritis, and speed up muscle recovery post-workout. Outdoor saunas make it easy to use your sauna before or after a run or swim. Many home and cottage owners choose to place outdoor saunas beside a pool for easy integration into a workout routine. Athletes are especially fond of sauna use and find that saunas accelerate the recovery process. With your home sauna, you can experiment with adding a sauna session before or after a workout to find out what works best for your body.
The warm environment of a sauna naturally induces sweating to help the body regulate its internal temperature. The sweating process also increases the heart rate and circulation throughout the body to help flush lactic acid from the muscles. Beyond lactic acid, the sweating process can also help to flush toxins and excess salt from the body to help you to improve your overall health. Keep in mind that excessive sweating can cause dehydration. It is important to make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sauna session, especially when combined with a workout.
Strengthen the Immune System
Some studies indicate that the regular use of a home sauna can increase white blood cells’ production and other immune cells in the body. These cells are responsible for helping you to fight off infection, and a healthy mind and body will be better prepared to fight off any illness that comes your way. Many people find that sauna use can improve symptoms associated with chronic allergies and asthma as the sauna’s warm environment helps open the sinuses. Like taking a steam bath or shower, a sauna can help alleviate sinus tension, clear the airways, and improve breathing.
Lower Blood Pressure
Using a home sauna increases blood circulation and elevates the heart rate to help stimulate your cardiovascular system. Like regular exercise, this can help lower blood pressure over time and prevent the development of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases. Frequent home sauna use is also associated with decreased incidence of depression and anxiety, both of which are risk factors for developing high blood pressure.
Stimulate Endorphin Release
A sauna’s heat naturally releases endorphins, a class of important neurotransmitters that help relieve stress and pain in the body. Endorphins are part of why you feel happy and less stressed following exercise, yoga, or a good laugh. Endorphins are also responsible for regulating the cortisol level in our blood, one of the hormones that are elevated when you are stressed. With regular sauna use, you can help to manage your stress and anxiety by investing in an activity that naturally stimulates an endorphin response. Over time, this can improve your overall quality of life and reduce the likelihood of developing diseases associated with stress like high blood pressure.
At SaunaFin, we supply premium Western red cedar indoor and outdoor saunas to our customers in Canada and the USA. Our sauna material kits include everything you need to make a custom indoor or outdoor home sauna. Our kits are designed to be built in as little as one day with little to no construction experience with easy-to-follow instructions. With a new home sauna, you will be able to control your health and wellness and gain all the benefits of regular sauna use. Your sauna will help you reduce stress, improve sleep, alleviate muscle aches and pains, and improve your everyday life. There is no better time to invest in your health with a new home sauna. To learn more about sauna material kits, or to browse available outdoor saunas, contact the SaunaFin team today at 905-738-4017.