Saunas originated in Finland over 2,000 years ago. And today, it's estimated that there are more saunas in Finland than cars—with roughly 3 million saunas for a population of just 5.5 million people!
As a certified personal trainer and athlete who has spent a lot of time in saunas, I understand why Finns love them. Just a few minutes in their dry ~176-degree heat can leave you feeling clear-headed, detoxed, and loose.
But to get these benefits, it’s important to get the timing right: Should you hop in the sauna before or after a workout? I pored over the science, and in this article, I break down the answer. Let’s get into it.