You won’t believe benefit number 8 for leaders!
We, as leaders, are always looking for how to get the edge over our competitors. We often focus on doing this through harder work, longer hours, and grinding it out. While these are important staples of winning, there is another side to productivity. This comes through recovery phases. Think about it in terms of lifting. First, you must break the muscle down, then you must let it recover to be even stronger. The same goes for our level of productivity. We need to allow ourselves time to recharge so we can lead our teams even more effectively. One of the best ways for a leader to recharge is through using a sauna. Tim Ferris, one of my idols, talks about sauna use in his blog which can be found here: Tim Ferris Blog Now before we dive any deeper into our ten benefits of sauna use we must put a legal disclaimer:
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1) A Sauna Make Leaders Tougher
While this may not be a scientific reason, it is a huge benefit. Being in 110 plus degrees of heat is a challenge and is a stress on the body. The more you can challenge yourself and be comfortable being uncomfortable, the easier it will be in tough situations in your work.
2) Out with the Bad in with the Good
Sweating is a natural detoxifier and does wonders for the body. One trick I like to do while sitting in the sauna is whenever I breathe out I imagine releasing anything negative in my life, and when I breathe in, I imagine all the good feelings I want to have in my life. This is a great little mental trick to let go of anything negative while feeling positive emotions at the same time making me refreshed when I step out.
3) Network Connections
Successful people use saunas. You are the average of the five people you hang around the most. If you want to be around more successful, it is critical to surround yourself with other successful people. One area to find more successful people is in the sauna. You do not want to be asking for jobs or conducting business while only wearing a towel, but it is a great way to make the first connection and start building relationships.
4) Saunas are Good for the Skin
Clearing out your pores is significant benefits to the health of your skin and your complexion. You may be asking how the hell this helps you with being a leader? People like people who look good and look up to them. This is important as a leader because you want your people to respect you and you need to be able to make good first impressions. Look good, feel good.
5) Saunas Increase Blood Flow to Muscles
Again, how does this make me more effective in my career? More blood flow to your muscles makes you feel good. When you feel good, good work gets done. When good work gets done, you are more effective. When you are more effective, you get more business. When you get more business, you make more money.
6) Saunas Leave You Feeling Invigorated
Once you have sweated out all of the bad and have pushed yourself mentally, you will have cleansed your mind and body. This will lead to feeling invigorated! You will feel recharged after going through this. You can start your day with the sauna so that you are charged up and ready to take on the day. You could sauna during the middle of the day when you start to slow down to help you reset and finish strong. Have a stressful day at work? Sauna at night so that you can enjoy time with your family and relax.
7) Saunas can Help Reduce Joint Pain
When you are in the sauna, your blood vessels relax and dilate, which means that your blood flow increases and the experience can help reduce tension in the joints and relieve sore muscles. More blood flow allows your muscles and joints to repair themselves and get you feeling less achy through the day.
8) Saunas can Help Lower Blood Pressure
When the volume of blood in your blood vessels increases, your body’s blood pressure drops. This is due to your heart beating faster and more efficiently while in the sauna. Many of the people who lead companies or successful enterprises deal with high blood pressure due to the massive amounts of stress they are put through. Using a sauna may be an excellent way to lower your blood pressure and relieve stress. This may be one of the best reasons why leaders should be using saunas.
9) Lose Weight
As your heart is beating faster and the sweat is pouring out of your body, you will be burning more calories. The more calories you burn, the more weight you will drop. Sometimes with the stress of work, leaders let go of our bodies and our health gets set aside for our work. This may mean we put on a little belly fat. Being in a sauna is an excellent way to start burning more calories to get rid of unwanted fat. Also, if you use a sauna, it is probably located at a gym. Once you are there for it, you may as well work out too. This is a gateway step to living a healthy life.
10) Saunas Help you Drink More Water
It is impossible to go through a session of heavy sweating and not feel thirsty by the end of it. It is necessary to replenish the fluids in your body so it is natural to drink lots of water afterward. Water is the lubrication our body needs to perform its daily tasks. We could do a whole blog on the benefits of drinking water, but trust us it is good for you and will make you a more proficient leader
“An object in motion stays in motion.” This is Newton’s first law and applies to WINNING. If you commit yourself to using a sauna and stick to your schedule, this is an easy win for you. Using a sauna doesn’t require any skill or too much effort so it is easy for you to check off the box on your to-do list. The more little wins you can create for yourself and follow through on, the more you will continue to win. The more you continue to win, the more likely you are to win big. When you win big, you are successful
Who would have thought that using a sauna is so beneficial for our leaders? Saunas are prevalent across Europe and Asia but have not been widely adopted in the US. Sometimes we need to slow down to speed up and having a sauna session is a great way to do this. It is also beneficial to every single aspect of your life and will make you a better manager, leader, spouse, and person. Go sweat it out.
Written by Aaron Helander, Director of Operations for KARMA jack Social Media Division