One of the most important benefits of Lux Saunas Far Infrared Saunas is that they provide a full and valuable cardiovascular workout without requiring the user to do anything but sit inside the unit. This makes Lux Saunas products perfect for those that need exercise but might be in a wheelchair or have difficulty exercising. Even those that are just starting to exercise can build up a tolerance for cardiovascular activity by using Lux Saunas. For those already engaged in a regular exercise program, Lux Saunas can supplement this program to add variety to the program and increase caloric expenditures.
“Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna may impact a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.”
– Journal of the American Medical Association 8/7/81
Because the infrared rays used by Lux Saunas far infrared sauna penetrate more than 1.5 inches below your exterior skin, heat can easily reach your muscles, tissues and internal organs. As a response to this heat, your body speeds up heart rate and increases heart volume. Both aspects simulate the same condition that you are in during cardiovascular activity like running, biking or rowing. Infrared rays work so well in this way, in fact, that NASA tested them on astronauts in the early 1980s and concluded that infrared muscular stimulation could be used to provide astronauts is space with cardiovascular exercise without having to use valuable space in their aircraft for equipment.
“The 1980’s was the decade of high-impact aerobics classes and high-mileage training. Yet there was something elitist about the way exercise was prescribed. Only strenuous workouts would do, you had to raise your heart rate to between X and Y, and the only way to go was to go for the burn. Such strictures insured that most ‘real’ exercisers were relatively young and in good shape to begin with. Many Americans got caught up in the fitness boom, but probably just as many fell by the wayside. As we’ve reported, recent research shows that you don’t have to run marathons to become fit – that burning just 1,000 calories a week is enough. Anything goes, as long as it burns these calories.”
– Wellness Letter, 10/90, University of California, Berkeley.