There’s nothing quite like sweating it out (big exception: when you’re wearing a silk top … pit stains are everyone’s enemy). Whether it’s a tough day at the office, blowing off steam from a text conversation with an ex, or simply carving out alone time for self-care—situation aside, sweating is one of the healthiest ways to detox and reset your body.
As part of Kourt’s wellness routine, she uses sauna bathing to detox five days a week. Here’s her exact pattern: 10 minutes in the sauna, a cold rinse, wait 3 minutes, and then 10 minutes again in the sauna, repeated five days a week. Tip: wear a hair wrap if you don’t want your hair to get sweaty.
As we mentioned in Kourt’s Finland travel guide (where sauna-ing originated and is a way of life), bouncing back from hot to cold temperatures shocks your system and is said to be great for lymphatic flow.
Benefits from traditional sauna usage and deep sweating include:
• flushes toxins
• promotes healthy skin
• can reduce stress and release endorphins (aka make you feel good post-sweat)
• burns calories
• soothes aches and pains
• helps balance sleeping patterns
• can help lower blood pressure
If these health advantages aren’t enough to convince you to add the habit to your wellness routine, consider the time spent in the sauna as glorified “me” time where you clear your head and mentally reset while sweating out the day’s noise.
Here’s to a happy after-sauna body and mind glow.
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