From the Wellness Team: Wellness Wednesday Trainer Tip – Sauna

Sauna Use and Cardiovascular Health

The sauna is commonly used for relaxation and stress management but did you know it’s also great for your cardiovascular health? Research shows regular use of the sauna can result in lowered blood pressure, improved cardiovascular function, and reduced inflammation. This is due to an increase in skin blood flow, leading to a higher cardiac output! Healthy cardiovascular functioning can reduce our risk of vascular diseases such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary diseases including the common cold. It is recommended to use the sauna for 20 minutes per session; however, it’s important to build your tolerance slowly, start with 5-10 minute sessions and gradually increase to 15-20 minutes. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after!  Learn more here.

— Coach Carlee