Making Infrared Part Of A Fitness Routine

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to appreciate proper prep before a workout or competition. Warm-up sessions before exercise or sports improve safety and may extend endurance. Making infrared therapy part of your fitness plan is also a smart practice.

As a kid you might have hurried through the whole ‘warm up’ routine in P.E. class, which often took the form of jumping jacks and toe touches. If you played a sport, the coach made sure warm-up was part of practice and competition.

As an adult, you realize the value of warming up and incorporate it into your exercise routine or wake-up regimen. Basically, warming up or stretching is essential. It keeps you limber, increases your range of motion, and helps you avoid injury.

Before you launch into major fitness or physical activity, stretching and doing light movement as a lead-up signals your muscles, “Hey, we’re about to get busy.”

What’s also critical is how you end your workout. Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a cool-down, but it’s equally important as a warmup for your muscles and your heart. Slowing the pace of your activity, like swimming, running, or doing a cross-fit class, is a gradual way to cool down. A good stretch helps, too.

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Whichever you choose, the point of ramping down is to help your body properly recover and relax so you’re ready the next time.

Infrared plays a key role in both warming up and recovering.

Infrared for Performance & Recovery

For most athletes, the warmup process is second nature. They understand that their goals, whether it be to win a game, improve their score, or simply achieve a certain level of performance, are more attainable the better prepared they are. Some athletes have even used infrared emitting clothing to enhance their performance.

Many sports participants, whether professional or amateur, turn to infrared as a tool for assuring they get the most from their game or workout. Diet and nutrition, sleep, and mental rejuvenation all play a role, as does proper body care.

 

Ideally, your performance outcomes are improving as you go. You could be a yoga instructor, fitness trainer, or weekend warrior with a workout regime. Whichever the case, you should allow some downtime in between activities for your body to recover.

Studies show infrared therapy helps with recovery and even with building muscle mass, which can ensure consistent or elevated performance.

What’s great is that infrared not only helps with recovery, but with stress, anxiety relief, and better sleep. Overall, sauna therapy will benefit your health even if you take a break from fitness.

Infrared To Treat Injury

Runner’s knee, tendonitis, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, muscle pulls….yikes! For all of the benefits that come with sports and physical activity, there are sometimes injuries along the way. Even with proper warm-up and cool-down practices, accidents can happen.

A black and white image of a woman grabbing her shoulder while relaxing in an infrared sauna.

Fortunately, infrared saunas can improve your body’s rate of healing. Just like the heat helps maintain your muscle’s flexibility and range of motion, the deep penetration of far infrared can expedite cell rejuvenation. This aids in the repair of muscles and tendons.

For prolonged injuries, regular sauna sessions can be the saving grace that keeps pain at bay. Chronic pain sufferers have found infrared makes a great addition to their healing regimen. This finding is backed by science, including a study conducted in the Netherlands.

Health Mate has designed and manufactured infrared saunas for more than 40 years as a solution for people to maintain and regain proper health. If you haven’t already, see our current models and learn more about the benefits of infrared therapy.

 

Can Infrared Therapy Treat Chronic Pain?

Ever wanted to go for a dip in the fountain of youth? You’re not alone! Maybe the thought was prompted by a pulled muscle or a neck strain, a reminder that you weren’t as young as you once were. Everyone has experienced some similar at some point, and as we age we are more susceptible to discomfort or pain.

In fact, recent medical industry reports reveal that 1 in 5 adult Americans experience chronic pain. This includes prolonged muscle pain, joint pain, tension, and nerve issues.

Good news! There’s a natural solution that doesn’t require a prescription, and the results are incredibly positive!

Infrared therapy has little to no side effects. It’s also non-invasive and can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home. What could be more convenient?

If you’ve ever experienced chronic or prolonged pain, keep reading.

Arthritis And Infrared Therapy

Stiffness, swelling, and aching joints are common arthritis symptoms, a condition that affects up to 24% of U.S. adults. It’s also been the most frequently reported main cause of disability for nearly twenty years. We used to hear primarily of seniors who suffered from arthritis, but more and more it’s affecting the younger, working population. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a severe and rarer version, is considered an autoimmune disorder and can be seriously debilitating.

No matter the level and intensity, arthritis can cause missed work and social activity and lower your quality of life. While exercises can be done to alleviate the pain, exercise can cause pain and inflammation. This vicious cycle is difficult to break to begin the healing process.

With infrared sauna therapy, arthritis sufferers can enjoy immediate relief in as little as 30 minutes a day. A study done specifically with RA patients resulted in decreased pain, along with a side bonus—reduced fatigue. Infrared helps is via far-infrared heat which penetrates the body deep enough to increase blood circulation. That in turn increases the oxygen delivered to muscles that have been depleted. In addition, the improved circulation helps flush out edema, trapped fluid in tissues that causes swelling and inflammation.

You can reap the benefits infrared has to offer in a half-size, Essential Lounge. Or, you can have a whole-body experience with an enclosed, full spectrum sauna that offers a range of infrared benefits.

Good-bye, Migraines

If you’ve ever had a headache, you know it can throw off your focus or functioning. For the migraine sufferer, this pain and tension can last days on end. And while there are holistic treatments like acupuncture and meditation, many who get migraines find those aren’t effective remedies.

Enter light therapy. The more scientific term is photobiomodulation or Chromotherapy, and it has been used to treat a variety of health issues. Light stimulation may sound like a terrible idea to a migraine sufferer who has acute light sensitivity.

However, Green light therapy provides proven migraine relief. It emits a lower dose of infrared that when administered, resulted in a success rate of 60% reduction in pain; that’s substantial! The study showed that “Green light therapy shortened the duration of headaches, and improved participants’ ability to fall and stay asleep, perform chores, exercise, and work.”

Health Mate offers light therapy in many of its infrared sauna models. See the other benefits of Chromotherapy—a great alternative to migraine medication without the serious side effects.

Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What used to be a misdiagnosed or overlooked health issue has recently been given more serious attention in the medical world. The symptoms? Extreme exhaustion, pain, and sleep disruptions. Women tend to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome more than men. It can even include cold-like symptoms such as sore throat or headaches. No amount of sleep seems to help, and it often goes undiagnosed for months.

Additionally, there doesn’t seem to be a prescriptive treatment for this affliction, which can last years and even a lifetime.

Infrared therapy has helped with many of the typical symptoms, based on small studies conducted in more recently. It also benefits people with fibromyalgia, which shares some of the same symptoms as chronic fatigue. Doctors attribute both illnesses to what they term “compromised detoxification pathways”. This is where patients’ bodies aren’t properly flushing out toxins, particularly from heavy metals. They fully endorse infrared therapy as a solution.

Spending as little as 20-30 minutes in an infrared sauna lets you sweat just as much as you would during a fitness workout, but without exertion.

Detoxification using infrared saunas can be the key to fending off a range of illnesses and improving the immune system.

Muscle And Back Pain Relief

To ice or to heat? That is often the question when it comes to treating general muscle pain, spasms, and back injuries. Each method has its own merits and can be used alternately to relieve or reduce pain.

Ice packs are often recommended immediately after an injury to reduce inflammation. Heat wins out for stiffness, soreness, and joint pain that lasts over several days, weeks, or as a chronic condition. Since we know infrared heat increases blood flow, particularly far-infrared with its deeper penetration, the result is that muscles receive more oxygen and can recover quicker. In addition, infrared therapy can enhance flexibility and improve performance.

Overall, rest and relaxation can relieve sore and injured muscles. Including regular sessions in an infrared sauna will result in a speedier recovery so you can be back to lifting groceries—or weights—sooner rather than later.

Consider investing in a personal home sauna if you suffer from chronic pain. Learn about all of the health and wellness benefits that Health Mate infrared saunas can provide by taking our sauna quiz to find out which one suits your lifestyle best.