Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Stupidity In Steam Rooms




Steam rooms or sauna's Do Not help you loose weight.

Let's get that myth out of the way first. You cannot sweat away fat. If you were to weigh yourself after a session in the steam room you may find that you weigh less but as long as you drink normally, which you must do unless you are trying to kill yourself, you will put back on all you lost.

Sweating alone only removes water from your body not fat. Nothing you do will change that.

Stretching: it seems that most people think that it is Ok to stretch in a steam room. The logic is that because it is warm then your muscles are compliant and therefore a good opportunity for a good stretch. The problem is that the heat contributes to higher blood pressure and as stretching forces blood around the body it also increases blood pressure. The combined affect could fatal. I don't mean to imply that a good yawn is dangerous but it's mind blowing to think that people really think it is ok to do yoga in the steam room.

Exercise: this is far worse than stretching. The biggest problem here is that people are under the impression that raising your heart rate in a hot environment must be good for you. This is based on the idea that when you do a good work out you sweat. Hence a hot sweaty environment must be even better for you.

This is just completely untrue. When your body sweats it is trying to cool down. Every good trainer knows that cooling your body down increases you ability to do a better workout. Exercise in a steam room is counterproductive and dangerous.

Add to this that a steam room is slippery. I've seen the damage a misplaced step can do and how that damage is multiplied by the steam and heat. Let alone the damage all those seats can do if you hit them on the way down. Expect the risk of slipping and falling to increased proportionate to the amount of exercise and the damage will be very bad because of the increased blood flow from exercise.

Getting over heated when you exercise can lead to death or stroke or heart attack or simply heat exhaustion and that is without heat and steam. With heat and steam you are just playing with the odds.

Personally I don't see the attraction that steam rooms and sauna's have but they are very popular in all sorts of recreational facilities, hotels and many other place including in private homes. So why not enjoy them for what they are and just sit for the recommended time and relax. Any form of exercise in them is just stupid and dangerous.

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