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Hotness for #careerlions

Hotness for #careerlions

Do you recognize the feeling where you made kind of a big splurge and you spent the next few weeks rectifying that splurge? Consider this me, rectifying for splurging on a relatively expensive gym membership. But it’s not just a splurge, right? It is also an investment in heat therapy! Say what?

That’s right, the new gym I joined has a wellness that also offers sauna facilities. Are you considering to splurge on going to a fancy gym with all the extra’s as well? Or just interested in how heat therapy might be the next step into engineering your life? Here’s why sauna’s and heat therapy are great for #careerlions.

What is heat therapy?

According to Wikipedia heat therapy is the use of heat in therapy such as for pain relief and health. It can take form is several ways such as a hot cloth, hot water bottle and sauna. This last one is what we’ll be focusing on today.

What are the benefits of heat therapy?

Heat therapy is known to be good to decrease joint stiffness and inflammation, but in the case of sauna’s it is also been found to improve performance. Dr. Rhondha Patrick is a PhD who is an expert on nutrition in relation to brain function and aging.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick elaborates widely on the mechanisms that increase performance through sauna usage (here and here) but the benefits can be summarized as:

  1. Endurance enhancement by increasing nutrient delivery to the muscles, reducing heart rate, and reducing core temperature during working out.
  2. Induction of heat shock protein (you want this for better stress response).
  3. Increases the storage and release of norepinephrine, which improves attention and focus.
  4. According to a study in Finland, regular sauna usage has been found to lower the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), fatal coronary heart disease (CHD), fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD), and all-cause mortality.

What is even cooler: in the long term, hyperthermic conditioning has even more benefits to brain function. It can help your brain function faster and repair damaged neurons (the information and signal processers in your body). And who wouldn’t want to have an even faster brain?

Personal dose of hotness

So how much time do we need to get hot, in order to reap the benefits? The minimum effective dose of sauna that has been mentioned in this research is two sessions of eleven minutes a week. In a week, I like to do three workouts focused on strength. To end these sessions, I like to get a little bit of sauna time in. This comes down to two or three sauna visits of about 15 minutes’ tops.
What about you? Will you be treating yourself to a little bit of sauna time? Let us know in the comments below! 

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