16 things to NOT do in a sauna

I enjoy taking a sauna at the gym from time to time, but sometimes I really wonder about the other people in the sauna.

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Really needed… Public Sauna Etiquette

It seems that a lot of people have no proper understanding on what to do and not to do in a sauna. Partly it seems nobody told them how to behave and as there is no information in the gym about it (Hello Virgin Active: This is a client idea for an improvement!).

So in the last 6 years I saw some strange stuff happening and I would like to share the No-no’s with you and also the right way to take a sauna.

I would call it public sauna etiquette.

  • Take a shower before you go in the sauna, please…
  • Do not come totally wet in the sauna
  • Bring a towel to sit on; your underwear are not really made for this
  • Do not wear wet underwear or jogging pants in the sauna (really!!)
  • Do not run out every 2 minutes to have a cold shower and only to come back in again
  • Close the freaking door when you enter or leave the sauna
  • Do not pour water every 30 seconds on the oven; it is a sauna not a steam bath
  • Try not to impress me with tattoos, genital piercings or other strange body art. I have seen it all and I am difficult to impress
  • Do not scratch your balls or other body party continuously. I you have fleas or itchy skin diseases stay home.
  • If you have strong cough, please do not enter the sauna, I do not want your TB
  • If you are gay, I am fine with it, but do not try to use the gym sauna as dating platform, because I am not gay
  • If you have wind or have eaten garlic the day before… stay home
  • Leave your electronics outside; I am sure the sauna isn’t good for your mobile phone
  • If you are going to talk, please do it quietly. No one wants to know the stories of you last night out
  • The sauna is not a clothes dryer. So do not put you towels in there to dry…
  • If the cockroaches like the sauna it is a) not clean and b) not hot enough…

And here are the steps on how to take a sauna the right way.

  1. Take a shower to remove bacteria that can reproduce quickly in hot environments. Don’t wash your hair, you will do it later. Make sure to dry yourself well.
  2. Enter the sauna and stay in for approximately 10-15 minutes.
  3. Get out of the sauna, take a cold shower, and take a brisk walk.
  4. Take another cold shower, starting with your legs, then your arms, then step under the shower completely.
  5. Rest for at least 20 minutes before re-entering the sauna. You should feel warm and relaxed, but not hot or sweaty. During this time you can also take a warm foot bath.
  6. Re-enter the sauna for about 10-15 more minutes.
  7. In all you should do three sauna cycles complete with walks, cold showers/baths and rest.

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Sauna

Let us know in the comments section what things have happened to you in the sauna.

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