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2/11/13 12:12 P

I love the steam room but I agree - it does not burn calories. It is a great place though to do your stretching as your muslces are warm. Be warned though - they are also a breeding ground for bacteria so take caution and make sure your gym is very clean.

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2/10/13 11:45 P

People with health problems, especially heart conditions like high blood pressure, should avoid them, or limit their time in a steam room, sauna, or hot tub.

Just an FYI as the high temps can elevate blood pressure even more and with that comes potentially very serious side effects.

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2/10/13 10:47 P

they just make me feel sick

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2/10/13 5:26 P

I agree with Nausikaa and Dragonchilde - it is ACTIVITY that burns calories, not sweating.

You will not burn calories by sitting in a steam room.


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2/10/13 4:09 P

Nausikaa's right. Saunas do not burn more calories; you do have an elevated heart rate, but that's because your body is cooling itself; it's not engaging more muscles. There's no difference in the calorie burn sitting at your desk, and sitting in a sauna.

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2/10/13 3:24 P

DUSTER77 - the answer is no, it does not burn calories; in fact because you are in such a hot environment, the body doesn't have to work as hard to keep itself at 98 degrees, so you may actually burn fewer calories overall compared to spending the same time sitting still in a room-temperature room.

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2/10/13 1:35 P

The question is "does steam and sauna BURN calories and if so how many calories in a 10 minute steam and 10 minute sauna?"

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2/5/13 10:56 A

They don't hurt; they can help soothe sore muscles and such. It won't help you lose weight, though.

I can't do them, I'm prone to heat related illness, so they're dangerous for me, personally.

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2/5/13 10:28 A

My skin always feels better after a steam, especially in the cold weather.

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2/5/13 9:47 A

thanks all :)

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2/5/13 7:58 A

I agree they can help you relax, but your body doesn't need something to help it release toxins. It does a good job of that all on it's own.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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2/5/13 7:17 A

I'm sure even if they did it would be more beneficial to get a good sweat from exercise. Then you'd also be improving your cardiovascular health while decreasing your waist line.

Sauna treatment can help improve the performance of endurance athletes and temporarily provide relief of the common cold. It's also a good way to release stress and relax.

As far as I know there's no scientific evidence backing that it releases toxins.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/5/2013 (07:19)

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2/5/13 6:30 A

Well, they won't help you lose weight. Jockeys and fighters may use them to sweat out some water weight before a weigh-in, but it goes straight back on as soon as they rehydrate. It is ACTIVITY that burns calories, not sweating.

But they can help your muscles relax after a workout.


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2/5/13 5:50 A

Sorry if I am not posting in right section.
I joined the gym yesterday 'finallly' :) and the gym has a sauna and a steam room.
Do they really help you get rid of toxins and cleanse skin etc?
I read conflicting things on the internet as some say yes and some say no.

Just wondering what anyone else thinks?


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