Can The Sauna Improve Your Endurance?

Short answer: yes. ⠀

And here's why...⠀

A study published in the "Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports" tested the "Effect of post-exercise sauna bathing on the endurance performance of competitive male runners."⠀

All the participants had to do, was have 2 sauna's a week for 30 minutes immediately after a training session. They reached a level of tolerable discomfort. The experiment ran for 3 weeks = 6 total sauna sessions = 3 hours of sauna time. ⠀

They tested the athletes before and after on a "run to exhaustion" test. ⠀

The athletes that completed the sauna bathing protocols increased time to exhaustion 32% more than the control group (no sauna bathing). ⠀

This leads to roughly a 2% improvement in an endurance time trial. ⠀

The study concluded that the improvements in endurance were likely due to a 7.1% increase in plasma volume and a 3.5% increase in red blood cell count. ⠀

THIS WAS ONLY 2 WEEKS AND 6 SAUNA SESSIONS!⠀