A Recipe for Christmas De-stressing – AHHHHH….

You battle the crowds to find that perfect gift.

You worry what to make for Christmas dinner.

And you wonder how you’ll pay for all of this excess.

Christmas is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year, but it can also be one of the most stressful.

And that stress can lead to serious medical issues. Stress has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks and even greater likelihood of colds, flus, and allergies.

How one tackles that stress is very much an individual choice.

As for my “Great Indoors” co-host Josh Thomas and I, we found the sauna. Repeat after me…”Ahhhhhhh.” Now Josh and I don’t make a habit of using the sauna together, but the other day Vince Wuebker of Hot Spring Spas and Pool Tables in West Fargo invited us out to give them a try.

We figured he knew of what he spoke. His store’s display of saunas is the largest in the nation and no one sells more. Not too shabby.

Through the relaxation (and sweat) he explained the health benefits of these unsung heroes:

Five Health Benefits of Using a Sauna

1. Relaxes muscles and soothes aches and pains. Rising temperatures increase blood flow which aids the body’s natural healing powers.
2. Relieves stress. Stepping into the sauna is quiet and warm. The cold, hard world is kept outside.
3. Induces deeper sleep. Rising body temperatures help you fall asleep.
4. Flushes toxins and cleanses skin. Sweat is good for the body and most Americans don’t always sweat enough during exercise. Sweating gets the impurities out of the body and leaves you with that post-sauna glow.
5. Improves cardiovascular performance and burns calories. Wuebker says he’s not saying it replaces exercise. But the changing temperatures within a sauna condition the heart and help it convert calories into energy.

Wuebker says new saunas will cost anywhere from around $3,000 to several thousand dollars.