People love hot tubs, it’s as simple as that. Many homeowners install them in their backyards or on their patios to use when they have guests over or just to hop into after a long day at work. Aside from hot tubs, saunas are among popular spa, fitness, and relaxation equipment. Even though the two are often used in social settings, they can also be used individually to improve your health.
According to a study of Finnish men over a 20-year time period, sauna baths may actually contribute to helping you live longer. With that being said, saunas can also help with a few other health-related issues.
According to TIME Magazine, saunas may actually be able to help you lower your blood pressure. They say that the study from the University of Eastern Finland (mentioned above) said that out of the 1,621 Finnish men that took a sauna bath once a week were at a higher risk of having blood pressure issues. The study said that men who took a sauna bath two or three times a week had their risk of high blood pressure issues reduced by 24%. Men who hopped into the sauna four to seven times a week had their risk reduced by 46%.
Since sweating is known for lowering your blood pressure, it makes sense as to why those who took more frequent sauna baths had such a low risk of having high-blood pressure problems. It also is a key component in reducing stress in many people.
TIME Magazine says that according to Dr. Jan Laukkanen, a cardiologist and professor at the University of Eastern Finland, taking a sauna bath can increase one’s body temperature by 2 degrees Celcius. This causes the blood vessels to dilate, ultimately lowering one’s blood pressure.
Clearly, getting in a sauna or hot tub is good both physically and mentally. It’s a source of relaxation and happiness. However, always err on the side of caution when entering one of the pieces of equipment if you are pregnant. Pregnant women who find themselves exposed to that degree of heat may experience issues with their pregnancy.
As long as you aren’t pregnant, and are looking for a source of health and wellness, look no further than a hot tub or sauna. It’s the perfect solution to your high-blood pressure and stress needs.