"If you are older and can’t exercise as much as you would like, taking 20 to ­30 minutes in the infrared sauna can help add to your cardiac benefit!"

Aging is a slow process during which the body undergoes changes that eventually bring about death even if no marked disease or disorder is present.  Although the human life span probably cannot be expanded, it most likely is possible to expand the health span, the length of time the body functions normally” (Mader, 1991, pp 461). In recent years the popular television series, “The Biggest Loser” shows testing of participants’ chronological age and their body age. Viewers and participants watch in shock as they see chronological ages in the 30s or 40s and body ages in the 60s or 70s or even 80s. After drastic lifestyle changes, these numbers come more in sync and often you’ll see someone who’s body age is lower than their chronological age. It is possible to ‘get younger’ if you take excellent care of yourself, exercise, eat right, and employ all the tools available to you in keeping your body and mind healthy.

Aging is inevitable. Keeping your health is a choice. A key part of the paragraph above is that death is inevitable. Sure, our lives can be marked by disease or disorder not by any of our choices or actions (for example genetic diseases, cancer, other disorders), but our general health is our choice. There are a few theories about how each individual person ages. One is genetic. We age like our parents aged. This is documented by evidence that children of long­lived parents tend to live longer than short­lived parents. This may be due to the genes being programmed to control our aging. Each of your cells has a maximum number of times it can divide, with each individual cell dividing around 50 times. As you grow older more cells are unable to divide, causing your cells to undergo degenerative changes and die. Some of these degenerative changes cause some cell functions to become nonfunctional. A second theory of aging is that this is a whole body process where each system experiences a decline (Mader, 1991). It is safe to say that “anti­aging” is a theme of mankind since the beginning with stories of finding Atlantis, the city where no one ages, to countless books, myths, and consumer products all geared at stopping or slowing down the aging process. Realistically, it is more important to look at aging ‘gracefully’ and with as much health as possible. Diet, appropriate exercise, rest, and incorporating an infrared sauna into your daily health regime, will ease those aches and pains and help the aging process treat you a bit more kindly.

So, you are reading about infrared saunas and probably asking yourself, “What role can an infrared sauna play in my own personal aging?” I think it can act as one of the essential tools in successfully aging as healthfully as possible. The gentle raise of the temperature causes a rise in the heart rate – similar to that of gentle exercise. If you are older and can’t exercise as much as you would like, taking 20-­30 minutes in the infrared sauna can help add to your cardiac benefit. If you’ve been sedentary and need to exercise, starting out with the 20-­30 minutes of infrared sauna can get your heart prepared to start a gentle exercise programme. The cleansing of the skin through sloughing off dead skin cells can help your skin to look dewy and smooth rather than dry and flaky.