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Why the heat?

 

  • Muscles, fascia and connective tissue become elastic allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury
  • Promotes sweating, which assists the detoxification process using the body's largest elimination organ, the skin
  • Blood becomes thinner which clears the circulatory system
  • When the body is between three and five degrees above normal temperature, T cell output from the thymus gland is multiplied 20 fold. T cells fight infection which in turn keeps the immune system functioning properly
  • Warmer temperatures produce a fluid-like stretch that allows for greater range of motion in the joints
  • Heart rate becomes elevated, which improves the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs)
  • Warm muscles burn fat more effectively; when we stretch, the fat has no room to sit, so it redistributes to the blood stream and is used up as energy
  • Capillaries respond to heat by dilation. This allows oxygen to muscles, tissues, glands and organs, helping the removal of waste products
  • Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or spinal cord (you think clearer)
  • Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the haemoglobin more easily. When blood passes through warm muscles, oxygen releases more easily from the haemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles releases less oxygen
  • Improves strength, because proteins can be utilised more effectively
  • Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
  • Provides strengthening of willpower, self control and determination