(NewsUSA) - The commitment to get to the gym on a regular basis may have come and gone for many by now -- and understandably so.
While most people may have the desire, busy lives usually trump resolutions. Before you know it, your fitness goals have fallen by the wayside. Worse yet, maybe you've been able to get to the gym, but injuries and soreness are threatening to derail you. If this is the case, the answer may not lie in your local fitness center, but rather in a more alternative approach to health and wellness -- in the privacy of your own home.
Infrared saunas are now being championed by doctors and other medical professionals as a way to relieve joint pain, facilitate weight loss, reduce stress and boost the immune system.
This new wave of saunas is different in that the heat from an infrared sauna can penetrate up to 3 inches into your body, heating muscle tissue and even internal organs without heating the surrounding air. This lower heat range allows users to stay in the sauna for a longer period of time, while discharging toxins stored in your cells, and purging it out of the body by turning it into sweat.
The advantage of the longer session is that you sweat more and for a longer time so you burn added calories. Depending on your metabolism, half an hour in an infrared sauna could utilize 500-700 calories or the equivalent of a two-mile jog.