Now that we’ve covered how to exercise in a hot tub, we want to share with you good ideas for our sauna lovers as well. So if you’re still feeling the need to combine a little exercise to work off some of those holiday indulgences, why not get moving in your hot tubs and saunas?
Here are a few simple exercises you can do to improve blood flow, help your body relax and rejuvenate and earn you that long soak or steam.
Today we have tips for saunas!
Because of the heat of saunas, rigorous exercise is not recommended inside the sauna. It is important to hydrate by drinking water before entering the sauna, and to always pay attention to how you are feeling as you stretch and move while in the sauna.
Stretching is the main form of exercise that is suggested for the sauna. The heat will prevent your muscles from cooling down, and as a result all of these stretches can be done slowly and easily.
Start off with a wide open wing stretch. Start with your hands over your head and your palms facing outward. Bring each arm down to your side, as if you are drawing wings in the air. Pause while taking a deep breath, then bring your arms back above your head as you exhale.
After a brief warm up, try hamstring stretches on the sauna bench. These stretches should be down sitting down on a towel. Sit with your legs straight out in front of you, with your back upright and straight as well. Keeping your spine straight and long, lean down toward your legs. Stretch your arms out in front of you, toward your feet. Hold for fifteen to twenty seconds. Sit up, inhale and exhale and then repeat.
Neck rolls are a good way to finish a sauna stretch workout. These may be done sitting or standing, whichever is best for your comfort. Keeping your back straight, place your chin close to your chest. Roll slowly to the right. Hold your head there for five seconds. Return your chin to the center of your chest, then roll is left and hold for five seconds. You should exhale as you bring your chin back to center.
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us. You should also check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program, including one that includes exercise done in the sauna.