Muscle Recovery & Performance
Beyond building muscle, the right recovery is important.
Most people understand the benefits of exercise and training when trying to enhance performance or build muscle. In fact, that’s often the only thing they do. Equally important is the recovery process, or downtime in between training, when energy is restored, and the body is able to heal tissue damage and rebuild muscles. Building muscle not only increases strength, but also boosts metabolism, reduces risk of injury, improves bone density and helps with excess body fat.
Infrared light benefits muscle recovery and performance.
Heat, in and of itself, is great for recovery, temporary pain relief and inflammation. Infrared light heats the body from within and penetrates the joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and blood flow.
Good circulation is critical for proper healing. Red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the site of the strain or inflammation, which helps to create new blood vessels and tissues at the site. The more red and white blood cells that can get delivered to muscles, the quicker they rebuild.
Sunlighten’s patented SoloCarbon® far infrared heaters have been found to be 99% effective in terms of far infrared absorption into the body. Sunlighten’s mPulse® 3 in 1® is the only sauna with all three wavelengths in the optimal range in one heater.
The trainers of this championship pro soccer team believe in the power of infrared sauna for recovery and performance. They built a custom Sunlighten sauna in their world-class training facility as part of the innovative technologies they provide their athletes to help them succeed on the field. Hear from the trainers and players why they use a Sunlighten sauna.
Train and recover like a pro athlete.
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Tackle Chris Jones swears by his Sunlighten mPulse 3 in 1 sauna because he loves that after a game or workout, he can walk down the stairs in his home, choose which program he needs and enjoy a faster recovery. Read this article from Sports Illustrated for more information about recovery for athletes:
Science shows how infrared helps muscle recovery and performance.
Far infrared accelerates recovery.
The Journal of Athletic Enhancement published a study of 10 national-level power athletes that found far infrared improves neuromuscular performance during intensive training associated with increased testosterone/cortisol ratio. “Improved recovery can enable harder training and accelerate further athletic development.”
Near infrared helps build muscles, decrease inflammation.
One of the foremost researchers on infrared, Dr. Michael Hamblin, published a study which suggests that red light and near infrared (NIR) can increase muscle mass gained after training, and decrease inflammation and oxidative stress. NIR is available in our mPulse 3 in 1 saunas and NIR and red light therapy is available in our portable, hand-held lumiNIR® for targeted muscle recovery and temporary pain relief.
Infrared increases flexibility.
Flexibility is also important for performance and injury prevention. A study conducted at Auburn University of Montgomery showed a Sunlighten mPulse 3 in 1 sauna can increase your flexibility up to 3x. Benefits of increased range of motion include joint mobility, less friction in the joints, enabling of joint function to diminish stiffness and joint relaxation.
Which sauna is right for me?
Choosing a sauna to add to your wellness routine means looking at your lifestyle and your health goals to find the sauna that will be the best fit. We'd love to help you do that! Whether it's relaxation you’re craving or deep detoxification, Sunlighten infrared saunas will help you achieve your wellness desires. From weight loss to muscle recovery and skin rejuvenation, our patented infrared technology will restore your body and your mind. Select your health benefit need(s) and how many people you want room for in your sauna to learn which options are best for you.
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Be encouraged: the cardio benefits of infrared saunas offer a form of heart exercise.
Saunaing actually offers a real solution to getting your heart working without demanding physical strain. Studies support the value of a sauna session as a form of cardiovascular exercise that we call “passive cardio” because it allows you to sit back and relax while your heart gets pumping.