Saunas can be very good for your physical health as well as your mental health. Some fitness local or community fitness centers have saunas, but these can fill up fairly quickly, depending on how popular the center is. Personal, prebuilt saunas can be very expensive to buy and maintain. If you are looking to have your very own sauna without having to pay too much into it, you should build a DIY sauna.

DIY - do it yourself - is a cultural phenomenon that has been around for ages. More recently it has become as popular as it has ever been. If you like DIY style projects, you should try building your own sauna.

Saunas do many good things for you. These include muscle relaxation, cleansing of the pores and even opening of the lungs. This is done when you sit in the heat and breathe in the steam.

Saunas also increase immune system activity. They do so by producing an artificial fever. Fevers are most often the result of increased immune system activity when you are sick. In creating an artificial fever, a sauna is increasing your immune system and expelling toxins from your body without the discomfort of a cold.

Sauna steam is produced by pouring water on heated rocks. These rocks are generally heated by either a wood burning stove, an electric heating system or a gas powered stove that is located in the corner of the sauna. Each of these is specially designed to work in and for a sauna, and each have good and bad qualities. Wood stoves are more natural than the others but they take time to heat the room and are the hardest to keep up. Electric systems are usually only good for smaller saunas as they are smaller systems. Gas systems are quick to heat and fuel efficient, but they are highly expensive.

Another option is a portable FIR sauna. Although this isn't technically a DIY project, it's a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the benefits of a sauna at home.

Whatever unit you decide to use to heat your sauna, sauna building - whether it is from scratch or from a kit - can be fun and inexpensive in comparison to purchasing a sauna. As long as you have some building experience and good work ethic, you can get a good sauna up and running in no time. So why not give it a try?