Benefits of using a sauna and steam room

Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of using a Sauna or Steam room? Monash Sport has a fantastic Sauna and Steam Room situated at the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool at the Clayton Campus.

 Here are a five reasons to try them out:
 1. To Relax
The main reason for trying a steam room or sauna is to ‘chill out’. After a hard day at uni or work you may just need to relax, and that is exactly what you will do in a sauna or steam room. The combination of heat, plus a quiet environment is ideal for resting both the body and the mind. Even just a few minutes can transform your attitude and make you feel more mellow.

2. To Help Clear Your Pores
The heated environment in saunas and steam rooms cause your pores to open so you can release sweat. As your pores open and sweat, they also flush out any dirt or built up skin cells sitting on the surface or just below the surface of your skin. This environment will also stimulate blood flow to your skin leaving it feeling clean, soft and fresh.

3. To Help You Relieve Muscle Fatigue after a Hard Workout
An intense exercise session can leave your muscles tired, sore and stiff. Using the heat from a sauna (dry heat) or a steam room (wet heat) can loosen muscles and help muscle fibers recover faster.

4. To Assist to Detoxify your Body and Release Toxins
Regardless of how healthy you may be and how much you may try to live a balanced and health-focused lifestyle, your body is storing toxins. They can come from chemicals in your environment or from your food, and one way to release these toxins is to sweat them out in a steam room  or sauna.

5. To Improve Your Circulation
Safe exposure to heat through a sauna or steam room will get your heart pumping, thus increasing blood flow throughout your body.

Eating healthy over Easter

Easter is a great time of the year to relax with family and friends, however it has the capabilities to throw your eating plan off track. Here are seven ways to eat smarter during the Easter holidays.

1. Keep chocolate for dessert
Eating Easter eggs on an empty stomach can spike blood sugar levels and put you on a hunger and energy roller coaster. So make sure you eat Easter eggs after having a protein-based or high fibre meal. 

2. Choose wholegrain hot cross buns
Wholegrain hot cross buns have more fibre, vitamins and minerals compared to normal ones. Keep an eye out for them in bakeries.

3. Share your sweets
If you have too much chocolate around the house, share them with your friends, family and work colleagues. This avoids you being tempted by leftover Easter chocolate even after the holiday period has past.

4. Stock your fridge
Worried all you'll have in your kitchen during the Easter break is chocolate? Stock your fridge with healthy substitutes that still satisfy your sweet cravings. Use coca powder to make hot chocolate or smoothies, or make fruit kebabs to dip in melted dark chocolate, which is full of more antioxidants.

5. Give in to your cravings
If you deny your food cravings, you are more likely to overindulge. So if you feel like chocolate, eat some!

6. Monitor your food
Think you'll be snacking more than you'd like to over the Easter weekend? Try keeping a food diary, a US study found people who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records.

7. Build a calorie bank
Try to do exercise every day of the Easter break to balance out the consumption of extra kilojoules. This is also a good opportunity to get the family involved by going for a bike ride, a beach walk or having a kick of the footy!

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