A sauna spell can increase your muscle mass, science shows 3 years ago

A sauna spell can increase your muscle mass, science shows

A post-workout sauna session could aid your muscle building goals, studies have shown

It was previously thought that a sauna session was a luxury that just feels like it's working. Now, these pros are backed up by solid science.

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You've probably seen your favourite athlete or sports team take a dip in an ice bath after a game, or when returning from injury.

This has prompted many people to assume that cold water cryotherapy and ice is the best recovery method after a tough training session in the gym. New evidence shows that this isn't quite the case.

In fact, an ice bath could even be hindering your hard-earned gains. Somewhat surprisingly, a session in the sauna is a far better bet when it comes to beefing up.


Research
conducted by the University of Eastern Finland studied the effects of a 30-minute sauna session on 100 people.

It was found that a sauna's heat can boost muscle growth. Exposure to a sauna's heat and humidity improves circulation, which in turn enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells.

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The benefits don't end there, though. This trial also observed better vascular health, lowered blood pressure and a cardio response similar to actually hitting the gym.

This is all good news if you're trying to build those biceps up - but for all-round recovery, you don't just want to rely on a good sweat-out.

Here are three more optimal ways you can recover from intense training:

  • Active rest: this may sound like an oxymoron, but light cardio such as hill-walking or swimming can aid recovery by flushing out lactic acid
  • Sleep-time: a solid night's kip prompts the body to release natural testosterone and growth hormone
  • Protein: everyone associates working out with a protein shake, and with good reason. Muscle tissue needs to be repaired with the amino acids from protein

 

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