Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

November 8, 2016

Saunas Are Associated With Lower Death Risk

I saw this when it first came out and probably Blogged about it, but will repeat it here because it provides an opportunity: a way to cheat at exercising (handy when you are recovering from something and can not do your usual amount of cardio work).

This is from BottomLine PERSONAL, October 1, 2016

“Men in Finland who used a dry sauna two to three times a week over the long term (nearly 21 years) for at least 11 minutes each time had a 22% lower risk of dying from a sudden cardiovascular event than men who used a sauna only once a week. Men who used saunas four to seven times a week had a 63% lower risk of dying from a cardiovascular event. Possible reason: Sauna use increases the heart rate to a level similar to that when doing low-to-moderate exercise and helps to lower blood pressure.”

Study of 2,315 men by researchers at University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

I think it’s useful to know that a sauna will give you cardio training: it’s easy, safe, fun and has about a million other health benefits (well, maybe not a million). When you are hurt and can’t do your usual thing but want to get the heart rate up for a while, this is a simple, easy, quick, and safe way to do that. The heat will likely assist with whatever healing crisis is going on as well. It’s worth knowing.

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