Skip the gym and hit the sauna. Yes, sweating is the new trend but it’s a bit different than what you might be used to.

While most people go hard on the cardio to get their heart pumping and sweat flowing, you can excrete that same water, ammonia, and urea mixture with much less work. Infrared saunas are a step above the normal sauna you’ve visited and more than likely the go-to for physical problem-solving.

Customers are massaged in lotion before being wrapped in several blankets with the top one being an infrared blanket. Simply put, the Far Infrared waves are directed to your body where the light energy transfers to heat energy and begin seeping through your skin. The 45-minute session is a great way to detox, de-stress, release pain, lower blood pressure, improve circulation, heal wounds and even shed some inches — not to mention your body has released more endorphins than the average workout session.

“The appeal of saunas in general is that they cause reactions, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, similar to those elicited by moderate exercise,” said Brent Bauer, the director of the Department of Internal Medicine’s complementary and integrative medicine program at the Mayo Clinic.

The temperature of the infrared sauna is lower than that of a traditional sauna, as infrared is the most productive way to produce heat. While you can wear a swimsuit, the sauna is private so it’s best to go all-in and use the provided towels to mop up the sweat. During the purging session, some of the body’s much-needed elements like magnesium will be lost along with the bad stuff. The ability to pull out heavy metals also set infrared saunas apart from the traditional sauna. Coconut water is a great way to quickly replenish what you need.

As for how often you should hit the sweat shop, once to three times a week is best depending on what lifestyle goal the customer has.

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