As many places are experiencing a summer heat wave, many of us are finding exceptional thermal goodness taking saunas, and yes, people think we’re crazy.
When it’s 100 degrees outside (38°c.), the last thing most everybody thinks of is sitting in a 180 degree sauna (82°f.). Instead, there’s iced tea, cool shade, and most often hiding inside in air conditioned houses and apartments.
But many sauna enthusiasts enjoy wicked good saunas on hot days. Yes, i’ll admit, the logic didn’t hold up well for me, initially, until I tried it. Now, sauna in the heat feels great. “It’s all relative”, and the temperature variance of 180°f. to 100°f. is the same as 100°f to 20°f. So, this means that it’s actually possible to feel a “slight chill” cooling down during a summer heat wave.
To achieve good sauna magic during a summer heat wave, we recommend:
- Lots of water. As we know, sauna and sweating leads to massive dehydration. Drink 32 oz. of water before you step into round one, and 32 oz. of water between each round. Sauna during a summer heat wave is like power sweat flushing. So gear up for it.
- Mega cool downs. In winter, cool downs can be as short as a few minutes until the body reaches equilibrium. During a summer heat wave sauna, cool downs can last dozens of minutes until the body returns to equilibrium.
- Cold water element. This tip may be hardest to achieve. In summer, lakes are warmer, the garden hose water servicing our outdoor showers is warmer, and water in our cold plunge tank is warmer. But the relative temperature is enough to chill us out and cool us down between rounds.
- Drip dry. As we emerge from our water elements, consider no towel action. Instead, wind dry in the shade. This is often where and when the. magic of sauna during a summer heat wave happens.
If access to a lake, many enjoy Hippopotamus style hanging out in the water between sauna rounds. This is an effective way to transfer heat away from your body and into the water.
We’re smart enough to avoid too much alcohol, listen to our bodies, and remember that most often, the time to leave the hot room is when the idea of a nice cold lake plunge is about the best idea we’ve ever heard.