Sauna vs steam room

Steam rooms are small, airtight, and designed from materials (such as tile, acrylic, or glass) which can withstand wet heat. They’re heated by generators which turn boiling water into steam.

Saunas and steam rooms often have several seat levels to choose from. Since heat rises, the higher the seat, the higher the temperature will be.

It’s not unusual to see a sauna and steam room located next to each other in a health club. Since saunas use dry heat and steam rooms use wet heat, they look and feel differently from each other. Both provide relaxation and varying types of health benefits. Personal preference and your needs may determine which you enjoy most.

Sauna and steam room use
Many people alternate their use of saunas and steam rooms, or use both during the same visit to the gym. While there’s no hard and fast rule for which is best to use first, some people prefer to start with the sauna and end with the steam room. Either way, it’s proper etiquette, and safest, to take a quick shower and drink a glass of water between sessions.

How to use a steam room
Just as you would with a sauna, shower before entering a steam room.Sitting on a towel here is an absolute necessity, not only for reasons of etiquette, but to avoid the germs and bacteria which breed in moist heat. It’s also a good idea to wear shower shoes.Limit your time in a steam room to 10 or 15 minutes.Even though your skin will remain wet, you may become dehydrated in a steam room. Drink water before and after using.
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