Should you wear a sauna suit when you exercise?

I don’t know if it’s because it’s January and there are a lot of New Years Resolutioners (which usually means they’re fairly new to the gym) at the gym, but one trend I’ve been noticing for the past month or so is the increasing number of people wearing sauna suits to the gym. For those of you that aren’t familiar with sauna suits, they’re the plastic looking suits that look like garbage bags. You’ve probably seen wrestlers in high school running around the hallways with them on at some point in your life.

Anyone that knows me in real life or even just someone that’s read my blogs in the past could probably take a solid stab at this one and guess no, I do not support anyone wearing sauna suits to the gym for almost any reason. The only pass I’d give on sauna suits is for professional athletes looking to make weight for an event where they’re an expert on this matter and are under the supervision of a professional while in the process- and even then I’d only use the suit for a very short amount of time as their are other more effective and intelligent ways to cut weight. But I doubt those individuals are here looking for that advice, so back on topic…

The #1 reason why I’m against sauna suits in the gym is because they are just plain unhealthy. People have this disillusion that the more they are hot, sweat, and suffocating that they in turn will automatically lose weight quickly and effectively. And while it’s great to sweat in the gym and work hard- the #1 factor to losing weight is DIET. No sauna suit in the world can overcome horrible nutrition- so if you’re eating poorly your first step is to find foods you like that are lower in calories and better for your weight loss.

Another reason I feel the sauna suit is counter productive is because as most people know, the more lean muscle mass you have the more calories your body burns in a given day. So while you’re sweating to death in your sauna suit you’re simultaneously zapping your body of a lot of energy that would be more productive if used to lift heavier weights for more reps, which in turn will burn more calories. You are also putting yourself at risk to become more easily dehydrated, more susceptible to dizziness, heat stroke, and muscle cramps. So stop looking for a quick fix that merely shows a skewed number on a scale after your workout and embrace the lifestyle of health and fitness- it’s the only way to live a truly healthy and balanced life. Feel free to email me with any questions or if you simply want to have a free consultation.