Why Do People Go to the Steam Room After a Workout?

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Steaming is a common practice that people engage in after a workout. And it certainly feels nice and relaxing to sit in a steam room, but what are the actual benefits of this practice? As it turns out, it can be a good way to recover from a workout. If you’re not sure that steaming is right for you, be sure to check with your doctor. Otherwise, below are some benefits of steaming.

Improved Circulation

Sitting in the heat can help dilate blood vessels and move them toward the skin’s surface as well as into your muscles. This can help remove the buildup of waste products in your muscles that result from working out and straining the muscles.

Help With Soreness

Heat, especially humid heat, can help relax and soothe sore muscles. That means sitting in a steam room right after a workout can help mitigate soreness after a tough workout so that you’ll be back in the gym even quicker.

Relaxing Your Muscles

Finally, working out raises endorphins and can make it hard to relax for a few hours after. Especially if you work out at night, the steam room can help you relax so that you can get to bed sooner.