Sometimes, there is only a very slight difference between high performers and those who just spin their wheels. The latter often do most of the things high performers do, but still fail to achieve the same results. This is because high performers know about and implement little tricks that may seem unimportant at first but which, in combination, make a significant difference. Each incremental effort, each little detail can provide that slight edge and lead to greater results.
One of such tricks that can make you stronger, healthier, leaner and more resilient is quite simple, but yet –little known to most people. We are, of course, talking about hyperthermic conditioning, more commonly referred to as “sauna”.
When it comes to the goals listed above, sauna is typically not on most people’s list. Some enjoy the process – especially when it involves some social element, as well (in many cultures sauna is a place to spend time with friends and socialize), some use it for all the wrong reasons (yes, there are still many misconceptions and myths surrounding sauna use), yet some others (especially those who don’t do it right) don’t really care about it – but few people really think of sauna as some superhero-lab-level procedure and performance enhancer.
Which is unfortunate, because – with healthy individuals who have no pre-existing medical conditions that would restrict sauna use – it is a wonderful and grossly underutilized tool that can help on many different fronts.
Let’s look at what intense heat can actually do for you – and how to use it properly (heads up: sauna benefits have very little to do directly with sweating and flushing out the mythical “toxins” as a result, as many gurus would have you believe – the mechanisms involved are actually much more interesting).