On the subject of “sauna after exercise,” says Rolf A. Pieper, Managing Director of the German Sauna Association: “A direct performance enhancement in sport through the sauna bathing there is not, but is both – Sport and leisure – coupled with many athletes on the training plan.” The order should be definitely getting “sport followed by a sauna bath.” For the sauna heat makes for a relaxation of skeletal muscle – that’s just right after exhausting exercises.
But that’s not enough. Pieper: “It is also a spiritual relaxation This is due to the changing thermal stimuli exerted on the autonomic nervous system”. However, before you go to the sport in the sauna, should your cardiovascular system have calmed down, between exercise and sauna beginning so sufficient space must be. This may be up to half an hour, depending on the physical condition of the athlete.