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Saunas were first utilized some 4000 years ago and much research has been carried out as to the health benefits. Saunas are commonly used for post-workout muscle tightness and pain. The heat from the sauna allows the muscles to relax and can speed up healing and recovery time, allowing a more rapid return to your workout without experiencing continual muscle pain. They have also been found to greatly reduce the stress hormone cortisone, which has been linked to weight gain.
Studies also show that due to increased blood flow, endurance has been found to be increased in athletes who regularly use saunas. A recent finding also shows that saunas promote a natural hormone called HGH (human growth hormone), which is vital for maintaining healthy tissue, organs and muscles which rapidly degenerate with age.
Some other health benefits of a sauna include:
•improved skin appearance
•healthy immune system •stress release
What Happens After Using A Sauna?
For Your Brain:
•Helps grow new brain cells.
•Helps your brain function faster.
•Improves memory, attention and focus.
•Helps prevent degenerative diseases.
•Enhances the power of meditation and visualization.
•Relieves anxiety and depression.
•Gives you a natural drug free ‘high’. For Your Body:
•Helps muscles grow bigger, stronger and more efficient.
•Increases longevity with various anti-aging benefits.
•Causes a massive release of growth hormone naturally.
•Boosts your immune system.
•Improves insulin sensitivity (lowers risk of diabetes and metabolic diseases)
Toxins Removed By Sweat: •Toxic Trace Metals: Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. •Bisphenol-A (BPA) – Disrupts hormones and the endocrine system. Found in receipts, toys, baby bottles, plastic containers, pizza boxes, beer and wine, and cans. •Phthalates, DEHP – Can effect male sexual development and causes cancer in rodents. Found in plastics found in many common products and certain foods. #Consciousvibrancy
Audio on for this one. Full video here ( https://youtu.be/ErCJhEZs4P0 ) and link also in the bio.
In March 2018, Mekanix Labs (our lab for testing out new ideas and technologies) did a dry run of a full XPT training session (@xptlife) incorporating the core elements of Breathing, Movement, and Recovery.
Breathing - The foundation of health, movement and performance and one of the most overlooked elements in training for athletic and mental performance.
Movement - XPT's movement philosophy incorporates a broad range of movement types. We tested out pool based training as a way to complement regular calisthenics training.
Recover - Recovery is often neglected, particularly by Type A personalities who push hard in the gym, at work, and with social and family commitments. We used contrast therapy with ice baths and dry saunas to recover.
Want to come try this all out for yourselves? Check out our classes each week or fully immerse yourself for a half day and deep dive! .
On May 19, 4 XPT certified coaches will host the first ever XPT workshop at Mekanix. Reserve your spot here:
4 simple but life changing steps to getting the body you want
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DIET SABOTAGE .
Ah, yes. Diet sabotage. An issue we've all struggled with at some point or another. What makes diet sabotage so hard is that there's both an upside (YAY calories!) and a downside (TOO MANY yummy calories to lose fat).
Let's dig into a few common self-sabotaging behaviors and what we can do to end to the cycle.
1️⃣ Prevent overeating on the weekends. It isn’t hard to undo a week of dieting with just a few indulgences over the weekend.
🙌🏼 Save a few calories during the week to spend on the weekend. Be aware and know the calorie content of your choices.
2️⃣ Avoid rewarding exercise with food. Many people kid themselves into thinking they’ve burned off a lot more calories than they actually have, and use that as an excuse to eat more than needed.
🙌🏼 Be aware that exercise actually burns very few calories, so be cautious of that when you’re tempted to reward yourself afterwards.
3️⃣ Don't let one dietary slip-up ruin your entire day. Just do your best to get back on track at your next meal.
🙌🏼 You can’t change what you’ve already done, but you *can* control what you do next. If you’ve done some impulsive eating, put it behind you. Remind yourself that if you’re careful, you can probably stay within your calorie budget for the remainder of the day.
4️⃣ Give new habits time to get established. It can take weeks for habits to stick. Be patient. Acknowledge it. Plan for it. Expect it.
🙌🏼 Make sure that the new habit you’re trying to create is possible. Understand that changing behavior is a process, and that screwing up is part of the process.