Many gyms have saunas available for use after a work-out; however, they are often underutilized, despite the many benefits that they offer.
B E N E F I T S
+ Increased Blood Circulation — As the body attempts to maintain it’s regular 98.6°F, blood circulation is increased as a homeostatic measure. This eradicates toxins from the body and increases oxygen and nutrient flow to the skin, resulting in a healthier, glowing complexion. 
+ Increased Collagen Production — Collagen gives our organs and tissues elasticity. Saunas help to improve collagen production, thus resulting in the more efficient shedding of dead cells and the creation of new ones. 
+Less Skin Imperfections — Saunas induce sweating, as the temperature can often reach ~180°F. When we sweat, the body releases dirt and toxins from the pores, resulting in less blackheads, acne, and other impurities. Be sure to rinse or wash yourself immediately after. 
+ Increased Athletic Endurance —A study at the University of Otago in New Zealand has shown that regular sauna use after cardiovascular activity can result in improved endurance. 
+ Relaxation — The high temperature and subsequent increased blood flow relax the muscles and create an overarching sense of calm. 
+ Alleviates Mild Depression — Users with symptoms of depression, especially those with appetite loss, found that they felt much better after heat therapy. 
C O N S I D E R A T I O N S
+ Never use the sauna if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
+ Stay adequately hydrated before entering the sauna. Many people lose about a pint of water during a sauna session. Be sure to drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids, at least 2 to 4 glasses afterwards.
+ Do not use the sauna if you have any health conditions, especially related to the heart. It is best to check with your doctor beforehand.
H O W T O U S E A S A U N A
+ First and foremost, start slowly. Only stay in the sauna for a short amount of time, as long as you’re comfortable. Add a few more minutes each time you use it. If you start to feel dizzy or uncomfortable, exit immediately.
+ Wear what’s comfortable for you. Some people wear work-out gear, a bathing suit, or a towel.
+ Many saunas have 2 benches at different heights. The top bench is generally hotter than the lower bench. Sit where you’re comfortable.