If someone told me I could lose weight lying down I would roll my eyes and scoff…Weight loss equals tough dieting, cutting calories, busting ass in the gym and swallowing all sorts of diet tablets doesn’t it?

I have the most incredible solution to melt calories while you relax, read a book, listen to music or mediate. Sounds too good to be true.

Do you struggle to stick with a fitness regime? Are you simply not cut out to be a gym rat? Do health limitations make vigorous exercise difficult? Or do you want to enhance your current fitness efforts? An infra red sauna is the perfect treatment to benefit your health and wellbeing.

The key element of Infra Red Saunas is the efficiency in removing toxins from the body. The skin is stimulated within a very specific frequency range by the infrared waves emitted. This releases the H2O molecules that hold the toxins in our bodies, vastly improving circulation, oxygenation, nutrient supply and waste removal.

The average adult is exposed to approximately 60-70 toxins every single day through diet alone. We accumulate toxins from substances in cars, cosmetics, pesticides on the produce that we eat and household cleaning products. Toxins are at the heart of many different health issues and challenges we face. Regular saunas can eliminate these toxins that gather directly under the skin.

Sweatin’ it out in the infrared rays can also soothe and loosen sore joints and muscles, reduce water weight and bloating (hello PMS bloat remedy), improve skin tone and elasticity while reducing the appearance of cellulite. I am sure most of us ladies would jump at the opportunity to kiss good bye to the nasty orange peel dimples that reside on our thighs!

A 30-minute infrared sauna can burn up to 600 calories and creates approximately the same amount of perspiration as a 10 kilometre run. Are we all thinking get me to the nearest hot box ASAP?!

Studies have shown that the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 95-97 % water, while the sweat of those using infrared saunas was 80-85% water. The 15-20% non-water component being cholesterol, fat soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals such as mercury and aluminium, sulphuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid. These toxins can not be eliminated through the sweat we produce from normal exercise.

The removal of toxins from the system via sweating in an infrared sauna can help conditions such as allergies, acne, chronic fatigue, frequent colds, muscle and joint pain, poor concentration, eczema and mood swings.

The water lost through perspiration will usually be replaced by rehydration, but the same cannot be said of the calories. Fat becomes water soluble at 42°C and sweats out with toxins. This makes sauna use a highly effective weight loss tool and a more pleasurable alternative to exercise.

Melt away your stress, fat, bloat, aches and pains in the warmth of the infra red rays and leave feeling accomplished and rejuvenated.

I use and recommend the Hypoxi studios in Newstead and Bulimba in Brisbane who can do a special of 4 saunas for $100 per person. If you are in another country or city they are usually located in day spas or high end private fitness clubs.

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