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Sweating the Holiday Season

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Lynda Ziemba

‘Tis the season for increased stress and weight gain.  While this is the time of year to celebrate all we are thankful for, it is also a time filled with anxiety, overscheduling, and overeating.  Steam and sauna bathing not only provide holiday stress relief but a luxurious way to combat those extra holiday pounds.

At the end of each year, we find ourselves overburdened with hosting and attending holiday gatherings and all the preparation that goes along with it.  We do more shopping, spending, traveling, cooking, and eating during the holiday season than any other time of the year.  All of this stress affects the efficiency of body functions such as the immune and digestive systems.

Sweat bathing is a proven stress reliever with many health benefits.  One of those health benefits is improved circulation.   Proper circulation aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat, and protein which are abundantly consumed throughout the holiday season.   Without good circulation the foods you eat and the nutrients you absorb from them do not get to your cells at which point all those holiday delights become nothing more than a burden on your body.  With proper circulation, you assist the body in effectively processing these nutrients and fighting these additional stressors, all the while providing a luxurious escape.  Read more about the health benefits of sweat bathing.

This season, think of sweat bathing as a holiday stress buster.  For gift giving or as a sanity saver, popular purchases this time of year include health club memberships and spa gifts certificates.  Even better, consider installing these amenities in the home to share with loved ones and enjoy personally.  What could be better than a gift that keeps on giving?

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