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Should You Wear a Sauna Suit When Jogging?

author image William McCoy
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

Increasing the amount that you exercise can play a pivotal role in your quest to lose weight, but when you have lofty weight-loss goals, it's temping to take shortcuts. Zipping up a sauna suit before your jog — either outdoors or on a treadmill — can leave you dripping in sweat by the end of the workout. Given the safety risks of this garment, however, you should avoid it.

More Sweat Doesn't Mean Fat Loss

By forming an air-tight seal around much of your body, sauna suits increase your body temperature and cause you to sweat heavily. While sweating more might trick you into feeling as though you worked out at a higher tempo, sweating isn't tied to fat burning. Although you might sweat enough to lose a pound during your workout, your rapid weight loss is the result of lost water weight. As soon as you drink a glass of water after your jog, you'll gain back the water weight you lost.

Many Health Risks

Not only are sauna suits not ideal for healthy weight loss, but they can also be harmful to your health. Losing sweat leads to dehydration, which can result in a number of serious medical emergencies. Depending on your level of dehydration, this list can include heat stroke, kidney damage, exhaustion and even death. The bottom line: Don't wear a sauna suit while jogging; it's not worth the risk.

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