Maintaining a healthy weight is an important piece of overall health and wellness. Wellness experts such as Bob Greene, Jorge Cruise, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman agree. So, is sauna weight loss really possible?

If you’re not quite at a healthy weight for your age and frame, you may be looking for every little way to help boost your weight loss efforts. In a recent study, our infrared saunas were shown to promote weight loss by burning calories while you relax.

Results from a 2009 study indicated that infrared saunas are beneficial for lowering weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period. (1)

A 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine found that waist circumference by itself is a critical factor in assessing the risk of premature death. In other words, if you can maintain a healthy weight, you may increase your likelihood of a longer, healthier life.

Another study showed that 30-minute infrared sauna weight loss sessions can burn upwards of 600 calories. During a sauna weight loss session, your core temperature increases and the body works harder to cool itself. While using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories. Blood flow is reported to rise from a normal 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute. (2)

Another way Degree Wellness infrared saunas can be used to support your weight loss efforts? By helping you care for your post-workout body.

For workout aficionados and athletes, infrared sauna can be used to minimize injury downtime and expedite recovery after competition. Many sports medicine pros believe that the far infrared sauna is essential in promoting muscle recovery, reducing tension and providing infrared detox to rid the body of performance inhibiting burdens.

Infrared heat therapy can greatly benefit the sore, damaged or tired muscles of an athlete. The heat penetrates the muscles, increasing blood circulation and assisting muscle repair. Infrared heat therapy will also help in the reduction of lactic acids, allowing tight and worn-out muscles to relax. The penetrating heat of the infrared sauna can also help ease the pain of a muscle sprain (after administration of cold and compression).

(1) Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes? Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2010; 34 (2) :113 – 118.
(2) Dr. Masakazu Imamura, MD, et al. Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001. Journal of American College of Cardiology: pp 1083-1088.