Whether it’s taking much needed time after a vigorous workout or pampering yourself with a well-deserved day of spa, men using saunas around the world report various benefits including the relief from arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue, as well as a mechanism for flushing toxins from the body. Indeed, sweating it out in a hot sauna may be relaxing, but new research suggests it may also be good for your heart health as well.
A study from Finland found that men who use saunas frequently are less likely to die from heart disease. Moreover, the researchers reported that men’s risk of heart disease was even further lower when they visited saunas more often in a week, and when they spent longer periods of time in a sauna each session. A past Austrian study even found that sauna use might help to reduce the frequency of colds.
Truly, deep sweating has multiple proven health benefits. These benefits can be derived only from a deep sweat, which can be achieved through regular sauna usage. How so? Due to the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise. The blood vessels then dilate, causing increased blood flow throughout the body. Twenty minutes should be enough to work up a good sweat, but remember to rehydrate afterwards with two to four glasses of cool water.
While the verdict is still out on the health benefits associated with sauna usage, The American Health Association says that men using saunas pose no health risk to healthy men. For men suffering from high blood pressure or other underlying ailments, it is suggested that a physician be consulted first before using a sauna.