STEAM AND SAUNA

HEALTH BENEFITS

Relax in the heat, and enjoy some healthy benefits.

What’s the difference?

If you’re unfamiliar, the difference between a sauna and a steam room is in moisture level. In a sauna, you’re getting dry heat. In a steam room, as the name implies, you’re getting steamy, wet heat. Both have similar health benefits, though, so pick based on your preference.

It helps clear your mind

If you’re not yet convinced, Jay urges members to try it out. “It’s like putting a heat pack on your entire body. It helps sooth sore muscles, and can also help with recovery from strength and endurance training. Post-workout relaxation is another plus, as [the sauna/steam room] is like meditation; it helps with your physical and mental health.”

But you have to be strategic with your use, he emphasizes. The sauna/steam room should be used 2-3 times a week for no more than 10-20 minutes at a time. Some individuals like to opt for intervals. You can do 15 to 20 minutes inside the room, take a 5 minute break outside the room, and then go back inside, repeating this for 3-4 cycles.

It supports your body from the outside-in

There are a lot of healthy reasons you should step in—and your body will thank you. The sauna and steam room “improve circulation, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, clear congestion, promote skin health, aid in workout recovery, loosen stiff joints, burn calories, boost your immune system and remove toxins.

It can assist with your weight-loss goals

Believe it or not—intervals can actually help out with your weight loss goals. You can lose a small amount of weight visiting a sauna or steam room after a workout—mostly water weight—but it can also assist in body mass loss, as well, if done in two to three 10-minute intervals.

Just be sure to drink plenty of water when you’re planning on using the sauna or steam room at your YMCA; it’s important to stay hydrated to make up for any water that your body is losing.

STEAM/SAUNA GUIDELINES:

For your safety and enjoyment.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older to use the steam room or sauna.
  • Long exposure may result in nausea, dizziness, and/or fainting. Please limit time to 15 minutes.
  • Swimwear or comparable clothing is required.
  • Do not pour water on sauna rocks.
  • Persons who are pregnant or have health conditions should consult a physician before using.
  • No glass or breakable objects are permitted.
  • Cell phones are prohibited in these spaces.
  • Please shower after use if you plan to enter the pool.
  • For your protection, exercising or rubberized suits are not permitted.
  • Personal hygiene activities (shaving, hair-cutting, etc.) are never permitted.