I used to belong to a health club and always enjoyed going in the steam room to relax after a good workout.
I had often wondered if there were actually any health benefits of using a steam room so today I decided to do a little research.
Here is what I turned up as benefits of using a steam room:
- Soothes mind & body to relieve stress & relax muscles
- Increases body metabolism
- Deep cleanses the skin
- Helps eliminate toxins from body
- Boosts immune system
- Relieves discomforts of asthma, allergies and arthritis
- Relaxes muscles
- Relieves coughing
- Loosens secretions and stimulates discharge of mucous from the throat and lungs
You can find the full article here.
Love, live, and ride.
A few years ago I took a beginner’s yoga class to help me with my cycling. I had always heard it was good for cyclists but did not understand exactly why, but it became very evident soon after I began the class.
Yoga, as it turns out, is great for strength, stretching as well as returning “balance” to your body. In yoga, all exercises are done symmetrically, meaning whatever is done to the left side is done to the right. In cycling we tend to use the same muscles over and over while others are underused, thus causing this imbalance. Yoga can help to strengthen and stretch muscles that are tight from repeated use. In my particular case there is a noticeable difference between my left and right hip flexibility which is what I am working on. I believe this issue is responsible for my lower back pain on my right side during higher-tempo rides.