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Spiritual Sauna - Patricia Keckan

What a month of daily infrared sauna did for me as an athlete

As an athlete I’ve been poked and prodded and measured and compared and tested in the gym, on the water, in the lab, and at points between. As a coach, trainer, and medical exercise specialist I have poked and prodded and measured and compared and tested others. Data collection is right up my alley. So when offered the chance to add hyperthermic (sauna) conditioning to my training and record the outcomes, I was an almost happy guinea pig. My problem was this: I don’t like high heat or breathing steam. This sauna, however, was infrared—not nearly so hot as a traditional sauna and no steam. I said okay. I knew from a review of literature by Rhonda Patrick PhD that regular use of traditional saunas improves athletic endurance and prevents muscle atrophy during time off. Saunas promote “net protein synthesis and muscle hypertrophy by combating oxidative stress associated with exercise and boosting growth hormone levels.” (You get stronger and recover faster from workouts.) Heat acclimation from saunas also increases blood flow to the muscles and the heart, at the same time boosting blood plasma volum …

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