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Post by hoosegow » Thu Dec 14, 2006 4:15 pm

Random question here. What, if any, are the PROVEN health benefits of a sauna? You sweat losing water and valuable nutrients from your body. Just curious since I see them at almost every gym/fitness center I go to.

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Post by Ironman » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:15 am

There are none. There are tons of myths though. It can be relaxing so that might be an indirect health benefit maybe.

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Post by paul_k » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:51 pm

stay awy from this devil (sauna).
several years ago I used it every day and after about ten days I was feeling very weak.
Then I realized that I lose so many minerals and one night 2 o'clock in the morning I went to a nearby store and I bought and drunk 3 energy drinks at once then I ate 2 big chokolates and a small cake with cream.

I never tried sauna again and I never will.

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Post by Stephen Johnson » Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:28 pm

The fact that they're at most gyms must mean that people are getting some benefit. Plus, variations of saunas appear all over the place - American Indians had sweat lodges, for instance.

I use them, but you have to be careful not to stay in too long. The hotter that sauna, the less time you should spend in it.

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Post by Matt Z » Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:39 pm

Gyms will sell you pretty much anything. Think about some of the horribly personal trainers we've all seen.

Meanwhile, sweat lodges were/are intended to bring about spiritual visions (i.e. halucinations). Some Native American tribes also practived bleeding and/or took drugs to induce halucinations. I know of at least one tribe where men would suspend themselves from hooks passed through the collarbones.

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Post by Ironman » Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:48 pm

Yea, gyms will supply anything they think people will want. They don't care what it may or may not do, all they care about is will it help them sell memberships.

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Post by leif3141 » Sat Dec 16, 2006 12:37 pm

I think its more for relaxation...like a spa or something. I don't know of too many people that think sauna's have real health benefits. Where I work we have one, with our pool and hot tub, and its just more to unwind after a hard workout.

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Post by Bananas » Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:38 pm

maybe it helps clear out the pores of your skin.

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