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What Does an Infrared Sauna and Skiing Have in Common

Snow skiing and workouts performed in an infrared sauna each require you to step outside of your comfort zone, one for cold and one for heat. Both forms of exercise generate massive calorie burns for each session, much more than traditional exercise in an air-conditioned gym. So, why not practice exercise in an environment that yields greater results in a shorter amount of time? If you can’t ski, then find your local HOTWORX and accelerate your fitness inside of an infrared sauna for a workout.

HOTWORX, the 24 hour infrared fitness studio franchise, popularized training inside of an infrared sauna with its virtually instructed isometric and HIIT workouts.

As an avid snow skier and infrared fitness enthusiast, I can tell you that those two forms of exercise are exciting and fun. Both workouts burn incredible numbers of calories in a short time while greatly enhancing your metabolism. They benefit from the environment that is required for their practice. One is radiant hot and the other restricts oxygen in the cold. These workouts force the body to adapt to surroundings that are not “normal” i.e., in the freezing cold on a mountain and/or practicing yoga or cycling inside of an infrared sauna at 125ºF. These types of training environments trigger an adaptive response of cells and organisms known as hormesis. Hormetic stress conditions the body to withstand greater levels of stress which will make you stronger physically and mentally.

Another thing that an infrared sauna and a ski mountain have in common is related to the all important mind/body connection. When I submit to these extreme environments, I find that I am able to free my mind of any clutter that might block my focus as I make a mental connection to the movements of my body. Infrared heat is especially conducive to creating a positive state of mind.

I know this. When I exercise in the heat, especially infrared heat, or ski in the cold, I get incredible fitness results fast. The HOTWORX mantra is MORE WORKOUT, LESS TIME. Find yourself a workout that uses the training environment as a fitness tool too.


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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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