Today was what I call a Finnish Cardio day. No resistance training (so far). Just bake a while in the hot (HOT!) sauna, take an ice cold shower. Then hit the really hot jacuzzi (finally!), another ice shower, followed by doing time in the steam room. *Then* finish off with the ice shower again. Soap up and rinse in slightly warmer water.
Note that this is reverse of my usual SOP, where I hit the steam room first, and finish off in the sauna. Hey–I like to live a little dangerously…
Cook steak and veggies. Have a beer, then–nap. Tough workout. 😀
I call it Finnish Cardio because of the back-and-forth of super hot and freezing cold, as they do in Finland and other Scandinavian countries. To be fair, I use to do that in Okinawa, too. I was mentioning going back and forth from the hot bath to the freezing cold bath to a co-saunamate. I told him that when you got into the ice bath you could feel your skin tingle as from electricity. He explained, “that’s called ‘shock’.”
I found that funny. 🙂
It’s Finnish “Cardio” because it really gives the heart a good stimulus. After a while in the sauna or steam room, when it’s really hot, I can feel my pulse finally speed up. Then when I hit the ice shower, I feel it again, somewhat. Not too badly, though. And it helps to breathe out, saying, “Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Shhhhhhhhhhhh!” when you first get hit by the icy spray.