Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sauna or Steam Room?

At the gym I go to they have both a sauna and a steam room. Recently I have been sitting in the steam room after swimming as I thought it would be good for my skin. I then came to thinking what the benefits are so I did some research.

Steam Room

  • uses moist heat - therefore cannot attain as high temperatures as saunas

  • around 40 degrees

  • can benefit asthma, allergies, bronchitis

  • relief from muscle and joint tension

  • blood circulation improvement

  • uses dry heat
  • 60-80 degrees
  • having a high body temperature detoxifies your body by killing the bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses
  • strengthens the immune system
  • improve blood circulation
I guess it depends what benefits you are looking to receive, but I'm still not sure which I prefer?
I think I will use the steam room if I have a cough but I think the higher temperature of the sauna benefits you more.

Which one do you prefer?

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