When we enter a gym or club, we’re often tempted to take a detour to the sauna or steam room. Saunas and steam rooms are gradually gaining popularity across the globe. Club-houses, gyms, spas, and hotels often feature a sauna and steam room.
Saunas and steam room helps us feel relaxed, after a long, tiring office schedule and/or strenuous workout. Essentially, the heat released from saunas(dry heat) and steam room (wet / humid heat) enables us to eliminate our body-toxins through sweat, which make us feel revived for the rest of the day. They also help us ease the joint pain, improve blood-circulation, and strengthen the immune system.
However, just like any other luxurious amenity in your gym or club, saunas and steam rooms also require timely maintenance as they come with various health risks.
- So, should we visit or altogether skip the saunas and steam rooms at gym or club?; and
- Does sweating in a bath towel do any good for our body, mind, spirit, or even skin-pores?
Saunas and steam rooms provide numerous potential health-benefits, however, can be harmful if you overuse them. While using sauna and steam room your body releases sweat through your skin-pores, which is actually water. Therefore, sitting in a sauna and steam room for long can dehydrate your skin. The ideal session should last for 15 minutes, and the user should drink enough water to rehydrate from the inside out.
Beware of Germs, Viruses, and Bacteria in the Sauna and Steam Room at the Gym or Club…
The saunas and steam rooms at the gym or club provide an ideal atmosphere for certain forms of bacteria and germs to grow as well as spread. Because, at times, the steam is not hot enough to kill some types of bacteria, while the warmth may even increase their count.
Moreover, the saunas and steam rooms at the gym or club are more harmful as they host other people’s germs. Some instances of this risk are athlete’s foot and other fungal infections that can thrive under warm, humid conditions. Additionally, the porous wooden benches placed in saunas and moist corners of steam rooms can even cause respiratory viral infections. So, it is advisable to wear a towel and flip-flops or shower shoes when inside a sauna and steam room.
The Hidden Corners of Sauna and Steam Room at the Gym or Club…
Most of the time, sauna and steam room at gym or club are hidden in the corner of a locker room, which is why there are generally less inspections by the cleaning staff. Besides, there are fewer chances to help people who might be in some peril.
Regular Cleaning and Disinfecting is Important…
Saunas and steam rooms are a great amenity for the gym-members, and thus deserve the same attention as rest of the gym to ensure a consistent membership satisfaction throughout all areas of the gym. Gym-owners should, therefore, cautiously deep-clean a sauna and steam room, at least once a week, meaning turned-off, hosed, and scrubbed thoroughly. Cleaning the light in the room is also recommended, as it is something that can easily be overlooked. Because sauna and steam room is a damp dark space, eventually it will have bacteria, if neglected.