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Can You Use a Sauna in the Summer?

Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, new sauna owners might be questioning the safety of using a sauna in the summer.  Can you use a sauna in the summer? The short answer is that, yes, using a sauna during the warmer months is just as safe as using it in the middle of winter. The same safety rules apply. In fact, there may even be benefits to using a sauna when the temperature is soaring outside. To cover this question and more, we present this article.

Benefits of Summer Sauna Use

When the temperatures outside really begin to spike, it can take a toll on those who have little or no respite from the heat. However, with time, it’s possible to acclimate yourself. And if you have access to a sauna, you have the ideal tool to get your body used to higher temperatures. Many professional sporting teams and athletes use this knowledge in their training when they’re preparing to compete in a location that has much higher temperatures compared to where they train. If you’re finding yourself distressed by the outdoor temperatures, some regular sauna therapy might help you cope.

Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important regardless of the outdoor temperatures or whether you’re using a sauna or not. However, if you’re using the sauna and the summer heat is peaking, it’s especially important to ensure you keep yourself hydrated. The actual amount of water you should be drinking really depends on your personal constitution, but during and after a session in a sauna you should aim to drink a minimum of a litre to a litre of water or hydrating sports drink. This is on top of the liquids you should be drinking throughout a day regardless of sauna use. 

Session Times

You should be careful to limit your sauna sessions to 15 or 20 minutes. Spending longer in a sauna isn’t recommended. If you begin to feel light-headed or dizzy before your session time has expired, get out of the sauna immediately. An increased heart rate is normal when you’re in the sauna but if you find your heart rate unexpectedly racing, it’s time to exit. There can be several factors that affect the amount of time you’re able to spend in the sauna including lack of food or sleep or overindulgence in exercise or alcohol. Listen to your body and act accordingly.

Pre And Post Sauna Showers

Taking a shower before you get in the sauna will ensure your body is free from oils and lotions and will allow you to freely sweat while expelling toxins. It will also prevent dirt and contaminants from building up inside the sauna itself. A post sauna shower is a refreshing way to cool off while also flushing away the sweat and toxins that remain on your skin after the session.

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