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Health Benefits of Using the Steam/Sauna Room

March 18, 2020 • Fenny Peiffer


Steam and sauna rooms have begun taking on a new meaning in this day and age. Most gymnasiums and hotels are all equipped with them and this enables you to sit back and relax and sweat your stress and worries away. According to sources, heating the body above its normal temperature, as in steam rooms and saunas, activates various bodily functions and produces chemicals and enzymes that help fight pain and infection. If you were hesitant about using steam rooms and saunas, you shouldn’t be. So, next time you get the opportunity, make the most of it and see how it can benefit your system.

Benefits of Heating the Body

As mentioned above heating your body over the normal body temperature has its benefits. I, of course, love the feeling of rejuvenation and relaxed state I enjoy after a session in the steam room, so I don’t need any convincing. But here’s the list for information.

  • Heating the body over the normal body temperature increases your heart rate, which increases blood flow.
  • It also increases the production of white blood cells.
  • Increases metabolism and removes toxins from the body.
  • Relaxes tired muscles.
  • Increases enzyme production.
  • Reduces diseases.

Health Benefits of the Steam Room/ Sauna

There are countless health benefits for seniors linked to the steam room and sauna.

  • The warm and soothing air from the steam/sauna room can relieve symptoms of pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
  • The oils used through steam can aid in relaxation, congestion, and clarity of mind.
  • Seniors suffering from asthma can get some much-needed relief by using the steam/sauna rooms.
  • Relaxing in the steam or sauna gives you a positive frame of mind which enables you to enjoy your day.
  • These rooms help open your pores and flush out any impurities on your skin leaving behind a clear complexion. In addition, steaming helps prevent the onset of wrinkles, which is very good news.
  • Using the steam/sauna before bedtime has been known to increase sleep quality. This is also good news, as many of you may have trouble sleeping with insomnia.
  • Using the steam or sauna also stimulates the cardiovascular system and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Tips for Using the Sauna/Steam Room

Before you rush off to the nearest sauna or steam room, you should be aware of some safety tips. As these rooms are all about sweating, you lose quite a lot of moisture from the body. Therefore, you should always ensure that you drink plenty of water before and after the session. It is very easy to just sit and relax the day away in the sauna or steam room. However, you should limit your session to 15 minutes only. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, don’t hang around till you feel better.

The benefits of sauna and steam rooms are quite common, and this is why many active adult communities feature these in their clubhouses or gymnasiums. Some communities with steam and sauna facilities include The Fairways at Lake Ridge, New Jersey, The Fountains at Sea Bluffs, California and Siena in Summerlin, Nevada. Many more communities offer steam and sauna facilities for you and you can find out about these communities by visiting®, the premier website

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