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The Power of Infrared Energy

I hear from HOTWORX customers all the time who mention how “energized” they feel during and after their workouts in the HOTWORX infrared workout saunas. I experience this too. So, why does this happen? Energy makes power, so let’s explore the power of infrared energy.

Most people associate heat with infrared and rightly so, but what most do not realize is that infrared (IR) is a form of radiation, a non-ionizing, good for you type of radiation. Not all radiation is bad. In fact, 50% of the planet’s energy from the sun is infrared. But, what does this radiant infrared energy do to your body to make you feel so alive after a workout session in the sauna?

Infrared energy penetrates the body up to 1.5 inches beneath the skin. When IR energy interacts with the cells of your body it excites them which creates heat. It literally vibrates your cells into action. So, the next time you feel the good vibes of the sunlight at the beach, or in the workout sauna, remember what is going on inside your body thanks to IR radiation from the sun.

An infrared sauna recreates the IR experience like that of a day at the beach, and HOTWORX takes it a step further by delivering great workouts in the sauna with IR exposure. Of course, the IR is invisible but the feeling is undeniably apparent.

“Even though infrared radiation cannot be seen by the human eye, it can definitely be felt. Infrared energy is felt as heat because it interacts with molecules by exciting them, causing them to move faster which increases the internal temperature of the object absorbing the infrared energy.” (1)

When infrared energy is absorbed by the photoreceptors in the cells metabolic events begin to fire off. Yes, photoreceptor molecules are found throughout the body and not just in the ocular area. Note that “Photoreceptor cells display the highest rate of oxidative metabolism of all cells in the body.” (2) This metabolic boost jump starts natural processes of the body into action. For example, nitric oxide, a cell signaling molecule, plays a big part in one of these natural processes when triggered. It helps to relax arteries for increased blood flow enabling greater oxygenation. Of course this means faster nutrient delivery throughout the body which provides more energy availability.

And when this happens…

“Having a high metabolism can also give you energy and make you feel better.” (3)

The power of IR energy lies in its ability to accelerate cellular activity which increases your metabolism. When you finish an IR sauna workout your body is metabolizing at a much faster rate than at resting and at a much faster rate than what would be experienced from a traditional, non-IR workout. In this state, your body is highly stimulated from an infrared workout. This is where the feeling of energy comes from.

Now is the time to feel the power of infrared energy with your workouts!


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Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer


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