RECOVERING WITH A SAUNA AFTER RUNNING

Why not enjoy recovering in the sauna after a run? It is not a common reflex, yet the sauna has many advantages for recovering after a workout.

THE ADVANTAGES OF A SAUNA FOR RUNNERS

A sauna is not only a peaceful heaven and ideal for relaxing, it is also a very good technique for recovering after a workout, particularly after running. Some of the advantages for the body:

- it relaxes muscles, making tendons and joints, which suffer particularly when running, more supple;

- as a complement to a stretching session, muscles are more flexible;

- by activating perspiration and the blood flow, muscles and tendons are drained, facilitating elimination of toxins and other waste accumulated in the blood when working out.

The sauna can also improve your running performance. For example, it helps the body acclimatize to heat, ideal for preparing a race in hot weather conditions. Finally, it reinforces the heart which beats faster when the body is hot: ideal for cardio development!

 

HOW TO COMBINE A SAUNA WITH RUNNING

Having a sauna is extremely positive after working out. We do, however, recommend taking time to rehydrate and cool down, at least 30 minutes.

That said, avoid having a sauna after a long run (over 2 hours) because you will be too dehydrated.

Don't stay in the sauna too long - maximum 15 minutes per session. For example, start by staying in the sauna 3 times for 5 minutes. Cool your body down with a cold shower and then dry off between each session. Don't forget to drink before, during and after a sauna to avoid dehydration.

The sauna is one of your best allies for recovering after running, and why not try it to improve your performance? Be careful to hydrate your body to optimise the positive effects.

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