Saunas have been synonymous with relaxation ever since they came into existence. But apart from the obvious benefits of relaxing and purging your body and mind, a new report in JAMA Internal Medicine has credited Saunas with keeping your heart healthy and with extending your life.
As mentioned in the article posted on www.health.harvard.edu, “Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland tracked 2,300 middle-aged men for an average of 20 years. They categorized the men into three groups according to how often they used a sauna each week. The men spent an average of 14 minutes per visit baking in 175° F heat. Over the course of the study, 49% of men who went to a sauna once a week died, compared with 38% of those who went two to three times a week and just 31% of those who went four to seven times a week. Frequent visits to a sauna were also associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke.”
The Harvard article goes on to say that Sauna use has positive cardiovascular effects. By lowering blood pressure, it improves the health of blood vessels. Sauna use benefits people with risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It’s generally safe and likely beneficial for people with mild heart failure, but may not be so hot for those with unstable angina or a recent heart attack.
These results, according to the researchers, aren’t as applicable to steam baths and hot tubs as they are to traditional Finnish Saunas.
Saunas also reduce stress among its users. Moreover, the high temperatures in the sauna can drive the heart rates to levels often achieved by moderate-intensity physical exercise.
Am-Finn has been at the forefront of providing quality traditional Finnish Saunas in the United States. You can find our Saunas in various Gyms, Rec centers and YMCAs. Check our existing projects and clients to know where you can enjoy the traditional Sauna experience at your nearest recreation facility.