Joe Rogan loves sauna.
The world’s most famous podcaster talks about saunas often. Joe isn’t just a podcaster. He is one of the most influential people in health and fitness.
The UFC commentator is a black belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Taekwondo, to go along with the championships he won competing in Taekwondo and kickboxing.
Joe is jacked. Even in his 50’s.
More importantly, his interest in health & fitness has brought an unprecedented amount of awareness to hundreds of millions of people. His podcasts have inspired people to get in shape, eat healthier, and improve their mental health.
Some of his podcasts, especially with Dr. Rhonda Patrick, have increased exposure to the ancient practice of sauna bathing.
Heck, I never would have used the sauna if it wasn’t for these podcasts.
Why Joe Rogan Uses a Sauna
There are some many benefits but one of the big ones is that muscles feel better. They feel loser. They are not as sore. Like when I have hard workouts and I get in the sauna afterword’s, I feel that my recovery is more rapid.Joe Rogan with Dr. Rhonda Patrick
Muscle & Joint Recovery
The former fighter retired due to head and body injuries. The sauna has helped him heal from these injuries and recover faster from training.
“I’ve had a bunch of aches and pains, I’ve got some tendinitis in one of my elbows from being a meathead and that tendinitis is significantly reduced from a one-hour session in the sauna.”Joe Rogan
The sauna has been proven to grow muscles. Hence why so many athletes use it for recovery.
Improved Cardio Performance
Joe loves how the sauna improves his endurance. Sitting in a sauna mimics moderate-to-intense exercise.
You don’t even have to run. Although Joe still does.
He says he is better at running hills since using his sauna after workouts. This has been backed by studies showing runners improve their performance by 30% by using the sauna post-training.
Joe compares his increased performance to that of EPO. Erythropoietin is the illegal, performance-enhancing drug that many of the Tour De France cyclers were taking.
It can increase endurance, it increases blood flow to the skeletal muscles, it improves thermoregulatory control and more!Joe Rogan Facebook
You can’t be in a bad mood after the sauna.
Sitting in a sauna is hard. The last few minutes are challenging.
The combination of heat stress and overcoming adversity makes you happier. It’s on full display in his Instagram post.
“I wanna call friends I haven’t spoken to in years. I wanna compliment people, and tell them that I love them.”
How Joe Rogan Uses a Sauna
Joe uses the sauna almost daily. At least 5 days per week.
His sauna temperature is between 180-200. In this post he said he does 20 minutes at 200°F.
He does a mixture of breathwork and listening to Audibles or podcasts. Towards the end, when the going gets rough, Joe focuses on his breathing.
His current breathwork routine is 6 deep breaths in and out. This leaves him with a euphoric and calm feeling.
In previous episodes, he was doing 180 degrees for 25 minutes.
Joe Rogan on Cold Exposure
Joe Rogan knows the importance of cold exposure to a sauna experience. This includes jumping into a cold body of water, a cold shower, an ice bath, and cryotherapy.
In addition to cold showers, Joe does cryotherapy for 3 minutes at -240 degrees. The cold activates your longevity pathways. You release norepinephrine under cold stress.
Norepinephrine is a chemical in your body that acts like a stress hormone and a neurotransmitter. High levels of norepinephrine (produced from cold exposure) can help people with learning, attention, focus, and mood.
Cold exposure is also a potent anti-inflammatory for those with arthritis and sore muscles. He and Rhonda discuss it further here.