Rumor has it that regular sauna use has its benefits and can help you live longer. Well, rumor no more --- it is, in fact, true! Regular sauna use has proven to have multiple health benefits for individuals, specifically men,ultimately leading them to a healthier and longer life.
In Eastern Finland, a study was completed tracking men’s health in relation to regular sauna use. The study, beginning in 1984, assessed over 2,000 middle-aged, Finnish males, who used saunas anywhere from once a week to everyday.
The study found that the risk of death caused by a sudden heart attack was 22 percent lower for males who used the sauna two or three times a week and 66 percent lower than the average male, for those individuals using the sauna anywhere between four and seven times per week. Risks of all heart conditions were reduced most by men who spent more than 20 minutes in their sauna sessions, nearly everyday.
With very warm temperatures, it is thought to be the high temperatures and humidity that cause advantageous physiological changes in the cardiovascular system. Earlier research showed that the heat from saunas helps to improve the function of blood vessels and even lowers blood pressure in individuals who experience hypertension.
The more time that spent in the sauna, the better the health results. New studies continue to find more health benefits, including benefits of hot sauna baths. Along with fewer deaths from heart attacks, fewer deaths and issues with strokes were linked to extended and frequent sauna time.
Although the study was only conducted on middle-aged men, Rita Redberg, a San Francisco cardiologist says, “it should apply equally to both sexes. There’s no physiological reason why it wouldn’t.” So not only is this study great news for men, but women can enjoy the health benefits of regular sauna use as well!
For some time now, it has also been known for saunas to be great de-stressors for all individuals. Now, as it turns out, this 20-minute period of frequent relaxation is beneficial for both the mind and the body.
The next time you’re at the gym, give the sauna a try! If you’re someone who would like to have easier access to a sauna and would like to start using it on a regular basis, a home sauna might be a good investment for you. Our selection of home saunas are perfect for your home, no matter how much (or little) space you have.