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I Started Going To A Steam Room Twice A Week & Here's How It Changed The Game For Me

I've become quite obsessed with steam rooms and their health benefits. When I moved into my new apartment building, I discovered that one of the building amenities was a steam room. My first memories of steam rooms were as a kid, leaving the gym and hotels with my family on vacations and seeing women come out of rooms filled with fog, dressed in what I thought was sweat but was actually water.


They'd be wrapped in towels and even naked at times, breathing with their hair wrapped in towels, and they didn't seem disturbed by anyone coming in or out; they were free with their bodies and focused on wellness. At the time, the idea of sitting in a room that would become so filled with steam that I couldn't see my own hands terrified me.

As an adult, I appreciated the experience and realized that I needed to take advantage of having access to this privilege from the comfort of my home. A few months later, allergy season began, and I found myself struggling to breathe. my mother said to me, "You need to go to the steam room as much as possible from now on." That day began my love affair with the steam room and my gratitude for its many benefits.

What Is a Steam Room?

A steam room is a heated, steam-filled room typically located in gyms and high-end spas. The steam is created with a water-filled generator releasing steam into an enclosed area, creating moisture in the air. The difference between a steam room and a sauna is their moisture levels; a steam room creates wet, steamy heat, while a sauna creates dry heat.

Benefits of a Steam Room

Steam rooms can improve blood circulation, reduce asthma and upper respiratory symptoms by clearing the airflow and reducing inflammation, support workout recovery, skin health, circulation, and much more.

So, how do you see the benefits of going to a steam room? Go consistently. After developing a routine of visiting the steam room at least twice a week, I began to notice the improvements in my skin as well as my breathing. As an allergic asthmatic, my cough during allergy season can often be dry, and aside from medication and steroids, I didn't find much relief, and I knew that the dry cough I was experiencing needed to be addressed.

The steam room allowed for the swelling of my airways to subside, and it allowed me to take deep breaths in an environment with warm air, which allowed me to breathe easily and naturally address my asthma symptoms. I also noticed a serious change in my skin.

Years ago, I bought a small steamer to address the acne associated with acne from COVID-19-mandated masks, so I had a feeling that the steam room would work wonders on my skin, and it did just that. Within days, my pores opened up, and the pimples that caused pain were gone, not with magic but with consistency.

If You’re Headed to the Steam Room, Consider These Things:

  • Know your limits; it's recommended that you don't stay in a steam room longer than 10 minutes. It's not meant to be a long experience, and you don't need to stay for a long period of time in order to see results.
  • Leave anything that you don't want to get wet, including your phone, in your locker. I know that we live in a generation where gym workouts are filmed, but not this one. Preserve the life of your phone and leave the camera outside.
  • Try to create a schedule. If you're looking to visit the steam room on a regular basis, create a schedule and stick to it in order to see the benefits.
  • Keep it light with your meals before visiting the steam room. It's advised to avoid big meals before a steam room or sauna visit for at least a couple of hours before you go.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink water before going to the steam room and, if you must, during the steam room as well as afterward to replenish the body.

    Here's to a healthier you this year; happy steaming!

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