And so, even with centuries of history behind them, these rooms can inspire sweatier palms than foreheads. Luckily, editors Scott and Rebecca are here to help. According to Scott, many guys try and prove their toughness by staying in as long as possible or trying to outlast their friends in the sauna. First off—this goes against the chief principle of sauna-ing: relaxing and letting go. And nobody looks tough when they're dehydrated or passed out. Light stretching overhead is fine, but floor-quaking calisthenics distract other people in the sauna, and slippery floors can make it a dangerous game.
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Finns think that their millennia-old saunas are the best in the world, so embrace the heat and sweat when you're in their country. This time too I bumbled along, trying to find Harjutorinkatu, the street on which the sauna is located. As I turned into a street, I saw a bunch of men clad only in towels milling about on the sidewalk with beers in hand. They were taking chilling breaks from the heat of the sauna. It was late afternoon, 8 degrees Celsius and cloudy. I had arrived. The sauna ritual at Kotiharjun is simple.