People who use one regularly know that sitting in a sauna can feel relaxing. However, anyone who’s new to them may wonder what the allure is. Sitting in a hot room may not appeal to you now, but once you’ve tried it and experienced the benefits, you may change your mind. If you’re new to saunas, here’s what you need to know before stepping inside.

What to Know About Saunas

How are they different from steam rooms?

Although both are warm, a sauna uses dry heat while a steam room uses wet. Many people prefer the dry heat as it delivers benefits without the heavy humidity that’s typically experienced in steam rooms. The choice is ultimately a matter of personal preference.

What are the benefits?

The heat within these unique rooms can open the pores, loosen the muscles, and help you relax. Additionally, regular sessions a week may also improve heart health and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Are they safe?

saunaFor most people, the dry heat doesn’t pose health risks; however, blood pressure may rise and fall once inside. People with blood pressure issues and certain heart conditions, as well as pregnant women, should avoid them. Don’t drink alcohol before stepping inside a sauna as the heat intensifies the beverage’s effects. Drink two to four glasses of cool water after a session to avoid dehydration.

How long should I stay inside?

Although the ideal time varies from person to person, you should only stay for as long as you feel comfortable. For some individuals, that may be 10 to 15 minutes. Others like to take breaks and go back multiple times. Exit the room immediately if you feel dizzy, and always listen to your body and take a break if you need to.

If you’re curious about saunas and want to try a session for yourself, head to The Club Maui in Wailuku, HI. This diverse fitness center blends wellness, spa, and gym services in one convenient location, so you can participate in a heart-pounding spin class before relaxing in their sauna or steam room. Take a virtual tour of their facilities online, or call (808) 633-1765 to inquire about membership.