If you love the heat and love to relax, a steam session will be your ideal activity. To make things even better, steam rooms provide a host of overall health and post-workout benefits.
Spending time in a steam room can work wonders for your cardiovascular system. The moist heat in the room has the power to dilate the small blood vessels and capillaries in your body. This means that blood can course through your body and transport oxygen much more easily. An improved blood flow means improves circulation!
When you start using steam rooms more often, you may also begin to notice a difference in your skin. The level of heat in the steam causes your body to start sweating and as you sweat, your pores open up. Opening up your pores allows for the outer layer of skin on your face to be cleansed by the moist air. Steam rooms also create a warm condensation on your skin and this helps to wash away any dirt or dead skin that is lying on your face. In the past, it has been shown to assist in treating acne. Not only this, but steam rooms also have the unique power to remove the toxins from under your skin.
If you are affected by stress, spending time in the steam can help you to unwind. As well as the relaxing atmosphere, the hot steam encourages the body to release endorphins. These ‘feel good hormones’ are a natural way of relieving stress. Relaxing in the steam room also decreases your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Lowering these levels will not only give you back the control of your mental wellbeing but also leave you feeling highly rejuvenated.
Whether you naturally suffer from stiff joints or you’re having some complications after a workout, spending time in the steam can loosen them up. Applying heat to the affected joints improves the flexibility by reducing the amount of force needed to move them by up to 25%. Because of this, general joint pain is significantly minimised.
In terms of your post-workout health, utilising the steam room is brilliant for speeding up recovery. Indulging in the moist heat immediately after exercise can reduce pain and preserve built-up muscle strength. As well as this, the heat is able to soothe nerve endings and relax any tense muscles.
Using the steam room can also aid your workout. Your heart rate increases during a steam session and an increased heart rate means you are burning calories. If you head to the steam room straight after a workout while your heart rate is already increased, you can prolong the elevation and continue to burn more calories.
If you’re looking to de-stress, why not come and spend some time in the steam room at The Stable? You can find all of our opening times and entry prices here.