Do you take advantage of the sauna at your gym? Maybe you should, considering the multiple health benefits uncovered by a group of Finnish researchers at the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio. The study, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, monitored the sauna-going habits of a group of 2,315 middle-aged men and found that those who sauna-bathed regularly reduced their overall risk of cardiovascular disease by removing toxins, improving blood vessel function, and optimizing overall cardiovascular health.
So don’t be shy, grab a towel and make time for the sauna after your workout to enjoy these six health benefits…
1. Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
If you enjoy a relaxing, post-workout sweat, you can thank the above mentioned Finnish study. The researchers linked regular sauna going to a reduced risk of cardiovascular death—specifically from coronary heart disease, heart attack, or related cardiovascular illness.
Specifically, those men who enjoyed time in a sauna approximately 2 to 3 times per week reduced their chances of heart-related death by about 27-percent. And, the risk was even greater for daily (or 7 times per week) sauna-goers who reduced their risk of heart disease by 50-perecent—versus men who visited the sauna only once each week.