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.
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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