Love sweating in a sauna more than you do while exasperating yourself during a workout? Well, a recent study revealed that might not be such a bad thing after all.
In fact, a recent study revealed that just 30 minutes of taking a sauna can reduce blood pressure and increase body temperatures to levels similar to medium-intensity exercise.
The findings revealed that during sauna bathing, heart rate of the participants increased similarly to medium-intensity exercise and their body temperature rose by approximately 2°C, claim the researchers from the University of Eastern Finland.
Previous research has suggested that regular sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of coronary diseases and sudden cardiac death1, hypertension2 and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia3.
Here’s what the study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension technically revealed:
Immediately after 30 minutes of sauna bathing, the mean systolic blood pressure of participants reduced from 137 mmHg to 130 mmHg, and their diastolic blood pressure from 82 mmHg to 75 mmHg.
The findings shed light on the physiological mechanisms through which health benefits, which are caused by the heat exposure of sauna, may develop.
Prior research has shown, however, that a sauna session can enhance your endurance performance as well, but only if you take on after your workout session.
A study conducted at the University of Otago in New Zealand revealed that sauna sessions boosted the performance of endurance running by increasing the volume of blood in the sessions going forward.
Just make sure you take the sauna session after your workout, not before, as the effect of the heat would interfere with your workout.