Hey Crew!

Sauna sessions bring an abundance of both physical and mental health benefits, like easing those pesky post-workout muscle aches, melting away stress, and purifying your system through sweat…and many more!

Today I’m going head first into the world of sauna health benefits. I’ll uncover how to make the most of your sauna sessions, along with some precautions to keep in mind for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Here we go!

Improved Cardiovascular Health

Stepping into the sauna will almost immediately have you feeling your heart rate gently rise. This isn’t just a reaction to the heat; it’s your body’s way of giving your cardiovascular system a mini-workout. As a result, sauna use has been shown to improve cardiovascular health through reducing blood pressure, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and other heart-related issues.

Reduced Soreness and Muscle Recovery

We’ve all had that gnarly post-workout soreness. The heat from the sauna helps relax tight muscles, alleviating tension and promoting faster recovery. If you have been killing it in the gym for years or if you’re just sore from your first CrossFit WOD, consider a sauna session to help you get limber and ready to tackle your next training session. It’s no wonder you frequently find saunas in gyms for use after workouts!


Saunas induce profuse sweating…“DUH” I know! Sweating is the body’s natural detoxification process that helps get rid of toxins and impurities. Studies have shown that with each bead of sweat, you’re flushing out heavy metals, pollutants, and other nasties, leaving you feeling refreshed and supporting your overall health.

Stress Reduction

Can the heat in that sauna truly melt your worries away? Sauna heat has been found to trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural mood boosters) as well as lower cortisol levels (the body’s natural stress hormone), alleviating overall stress and anxiety. So, YES! Taking the time for a sauna session can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Improved Skin Health

Ever notice how your skin glows after a sauna session? That’s no coincidence. The heat opens up your pores, allowing impurities to be flushed away. Plus, increased blood flow delivers essential nutrients to your skin, promoting a healthy, radiant complexion.

Enhanced Sleep Quality

Trust me, I will get to the post about the importance of sleep soon BUT if you struggle with sleep, regular sauna sessions have been shown to improve sleep quality. The relaxation induced by a sauna can help relieve stress and tension, paving the way for a deeper, more restorative sleep. Hello sweet dreams!

Metabolism Boosting Benefits

Sauna sessions can rev up your metabolism, helping you burn calories more efficiently. The increased heart rate and circulation generated during sauna sessions can lead to increased energy expenditure, temporarily boosting your metabolism. So if you are looking to lose body fat, the sauna might be a sneaky way to torch extra calories.

Weight Management

Speaking of torching some extra calories, do sauna sessions make you burn fat? No, not directly – but that would be great, wouldn’t it? Weight loss and body composition management are a complicated topic, fraught with a lot of “it depends” so to be clear, using sauna therapy for weight loss is NOT a magic bullet. But this is not to say that sauna use does not have its place in your weight loss regimen. Saunas help improve sleep, aid in muscle recovery, improve cardiovascular performance, temporarily boost your metabolism, and more. These  factors WILL help you feel good, which in turn makes it easier for you to stick to a balanced diet and exercise routine.

Cognitive Benefits

Heat therapy like you get in a sauna stimulates the production of proteins that support brain health. The increased blood flow from heat exposure in saunas are thought to have potential neuroprotective effects. Some studies suggest that regular sauna use may contribute to better cognitive function and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Immune System Support

Last but not least, sauna sessions can give your immune system a much-needed boost. The heat can trigger a temporary increase in white blood cells, strengthening your body’s defense against illness and infection. Stay healthy and resilient year-round with regular sauna use.

As you can see, sauna sessions offer a treasure trove of health benefits. By incorporating regular sauna use into your fitness routine, you’re not just treating yourself to a relaxing indulgence – you’re investing in your long-term health and well-being.

So go ahead, embrace the heat, and reap the rewards of sauna therapy.

Stay sweaty,

Coach Matt