Craving hot summer heat? No need to hop on a plane. Try this instead

The Weather Network's Victoria Fenn Alvarado tries out infrared fitness to discover the benefits electromagnetic radiation can offer to your workout and your health.

Infrared-heated fitness is a growing trend with multiple physical and mental health benefits. According to Women’s Health Magazine, “infrared saunas use electromagnetic radiation from infrared lamps to warm your body, as opposed to heating the air.”

Within minutes of sitting in an infrared sauna, your body’s natural response begins. Beads of sweat appear on your skin. Your blood vessels widen and increase blood flow.

“There are so many benefits to the far-infrared heat," explains Jessica Katamay, an instructor at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness. "It helps with weight loss and flexibility; it improves skin purification and detoxification. It also helps with mental health."

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Researchers found that infrared sauna therapy “may be a promising method for treatment of chronic pain.” The determination followed a two-year study where people showed improved outcomes with the treatment.

Kathy Fisher, a member of Oxygen Yoga & Fitness, has a personal experience. She elaborated, "I had my knee replaced about a year ago. Imagine my surprise when I could actually kneel on the floor here. Not only my knees, but my shoulders. Everything, mentally and emotionally. My whole life has changed being here; it's just awesome.”

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Some of the health benefits of infrared-heated fitness. (The Weather Network)

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It’s important to stay extremely hydrated, as your body produces large amounts of sweat. Oxygen Yoga & Fitness Instructor Jessica Katamay recommends drinking electrolytes to replenish sodium in your body.

Pilates and yoga are beneficial workouts while in an infrared sauna because they are considered "low-impact." It is recommended to only use light weights and resistance bands while in an infrared sauna, as heavy body-building exercises could result in injury.

To learn more, watch the video that leads this article.