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Do you sit in the Sauna?

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Does sitting in the sauna really help you to burn calories? I've read that sitting in the sauna for 30 minutes is equivelant to jogging for 30 minutes. Sounds too good to be true. Thought I would check this out with you. Please impart knowledge on me.....

If you do sit in the Sauna, how long do you stay and is it safe to drink very cold drinks while inside.
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It does burn some calories but it does not have any of the other healthy benefits of exercise.  It is certainly not a healthy way to strain the heart, which is the reason why someone may claim it is equivalent to exercise. 

You should never, under any circumstances, sit in a sauna for over 15 minutes. 

Reasons to use a sauna:

  • Clears skin pores
  • Releases toxins
  • You're cold and/or trying to warm up joints (arthritis, thyroid disorder)
  • Steam helps alleviate some breathing problems (asthma, bronchitis, congestion)
  • Relaxation
None of these reasons warrant using the sauna for over 5-10 minutes.  You will become very dehydrated by using the sauna for 15-20 minutes or more, and you will not be building any muscle so even if you lose weight/burn calories you will not be making any real change in your body.  I do not know whether or not drinking very cold drinks in a sauna would be harmful; I don't see why it would hurt, but it could give you stomach cramps. 
Thanks for your reply. Could you tell me how many times per week it is recomended to use the sauna in order to reap the benefits of clearer skin and how long does it take before you see changes in your skin?

Last night while in the sauna one person told me that sitting in the sauna for 20 minutes would burn 300 calories. Is this true?
One thing about using steam to unclog your pores is that it opens your pores.  You should take a cool shower and wash your skin with a mild antibacterial soap after you get out of the sauna.  That may help close your pores and clear your skin. 

If you just get dressed and leave, your pores will be wide open for bacteria to get in and give you blemishes.  BIG NO NO!!
That sounds like something that I would do. Thanks for the advice and forwarning.
I'm not sure (about the skin stuff) but I would imagine that it's a dose-response thing; ie if you are going to see results, the degree and speed at which you see them will depend on how often you are doing it.  I don't think it would harm someone to use a sauna as often as everyday, as long as you don't overdo the actual time in the sauna.  I guess it would mostly depend on what shape your skin is in before you start using the sauna.

I think the 300 calories estimate may be a little hopeful... i wouldn't think it would burn over 200 cals... but i may be wrong. 
i have heard that you burn a large number of calories whilst in a sauna,around 100 per 10 minutes is what i heard...
Ann last January my husband and I bought an infared sauna. I use it a lot in the winter but since it's been hot out I haven't used it. I'm looking forward to using it again as it cools down.

I read that they burn a lot of calories but it seems kind of too good to be true to me to. I can see them burning some calories and temporarily getting rid of built up water weight, but I don't know if its comparable to jogging.

My saunas instructions say stay in for no more than 40 minutes. I usually stay in about 20-30 minutes. I fill up a water bottle with ice cold water and drink a lot while I am in there. It's important to stay hydrated.

When you sweat a lot your body is losing potassium so I think its also important to eat a banana or potato after you get out.

I lost quite a bit of weight without trying too hard since January. I think it was a combo of the sauna, exercise, watching calories, and surgery I had to have. I don't know how big of a part the sauna played but I am thinking it helped.
I can't imagine that the sauna will work, the weight you loose is in water, not in fat because you're muscles go through next to no work.

In short as soon as you drink the weight goes back on.
I love the sauna, but I use it for relaxation once  a week..  I think if you want to burn 300 cals jump on the tredmill and afterwards relax in the sauna ! ur body will love u lol
Well, I have been going into the sauna for the past few days now. What I notice besides all the sweating is that my heart rate goes up from just sitting there in all that heat. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but when your heart rate goes up you body is working harder right? And if that is the case, wouldn't you be burning calories? Maybe not 300 in 15 minutes, but it should count for something. When I come out of the sauna, I am actually tired as if I had been dancing for a while.

I still have not seen any results for my skin yet. I don't have the worst skin, but I tend to keep one-two pimples at any given time.
i have had several european body wraps over the past 2 years. body wraps are a way to lose inches and relieve the toxins out of your pores. we sit in an infrared sauna for 30 minutes with each treatment. there is a hazard sign in the sauna that provides instructions for people. it does suggest that people not sit in the sauna for longer than 30 minutes, because there is some health risk to being exposed to the high temparature. other than that, i've seen great results with inch loss and skin texture after each wrap.

Sitting in a sauna for 30 mins does not equal out to a 30 minute jog. Your heart rare on average incresses by 50-75%(which is around what a brisk walk does).Nonetheless it is good to sit in a sauna after you jog/workout to relax your muscles you`ve just been workingout.

30% of body wastes are passed through the skin.So saunas help purify your body.

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I can't imagine that the sauna will work, the weight you loose is in water, not in fat because you're muscles go through next to no work.

In short as soon as you drink the weight goes back on.

 What (s)he said.

Why can't you people let dead threads rest in peace?

And why can't I remember to check the date before I bother to respond!

I go to the sauna everyday and stay in b/w 1 - 2 hours. people think I am nuts - but I love it. It's my happy place. I don't know if I lose weight from it, but my weight doesn't really change that much anyway.  I am less bloated - so I obviously don't retain water after coming out.

Because you're sweating it all out.  Also, this thread was started 7 years ago.

Yes, I know I am sweating it out. I was just saying.

And yes I also know it was started 7 years ago. I just came across it so I thought I would post.


Whilst sitting in a sauna is relaxing and good for your skin i don't unfortunately think it helps loose weight except sweat which you regain when you drink. 

I live in Dubai and May-Sept its up to 130F and even 90% humidity, you go outside you SWEAT but I've definitely not seen skinny Arabs as a result so im guessing the heat doesnt help you burn much

Chelsea girl I have been to Dubai many many times....have a lot of friends that live and work there. They are all skinny but not b/c of the heat...but b/c they workout. I just love the sauna - don't do it to loose weight but rather to just get away from the outside world.


One reason - the people u see may not be skinny could be the amount of yummy food they have available to them in both Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall - Can I SAY PAPA ROTI!!!!!


If you are there now please go have one for me!!!

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