Time Until Next Dispatch order Before 4PM for same day dispatch
0

Your Cart is Empty

A sauna session is equal to moderate exercise

July 17, 2019 2 min read

A sauna session is equal to moderate exercise

A new study conducted by researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Medical Center Berlin (MCB) have found that the increase in heart rate and blood pressure during a sauna is comparable to that of a moderate workout.

On separate days participants were sent to a sauna and placed on a bicycle ergometer. Both blood pressure levels, and heart rate was measured both during the sauna visit and during exercise, and a rise in both during both conditions were found. The study was recently published in the international journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 19 volunteers were recruited to measure the immediate effects of sauna use on the cardiovascular system: The participants were exposed to a 25-minute sauna session, while having their blood pressure and heart rate measured. Both rose immediately during the sauna visit. After the sauna session, both blood pressure and heart rate began to drop below participant’s baseline levels that were measured before the sauna session.

In the second part of the study, the participants completed a short exercise program on an exercise bike while also having their blood pressure and heart rate assessed. “Comparing the two conditions, the participants’ blood pressure and heart rate reached the same levels during the sauna session as they did with a load of about 100 watts during the exercise test,” says Ketelhut.

The observations made by the researchers are supported by previous studies that focused primarily on the long-term effects of sauna use, demonstrating positive effects on the cardiovascular system, for example. “A sauna session is a physical strain. Its long-term positive effects are similar to sports activities,” explains Ketelhut. Nevertheless, the healthy sweating does not contribute to weight loss: “The effect is too low as there is no muscle activity. Although we lose weight in the sauna, but these are just the fluids that we sweat out. One should rehydrate after a sauna session, though,” concludes Ketelhut.



Reference for ‘A sauna session is equal to moderate exercise’:

  1. S. Ketelhut, R.G. Ketelhut. The blood pressure and heart rate during sauna bath correspond to cardiac responses during submaximal dynamic exercise. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2019; 44: 218 DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.05.002

 


VPA Australia

VPA is Australia's leading supplement supplier. The highest quality 100% pure products sold at wholesale prices with FREE Shipping.

Also in Featured

10 Hilarious Gym Memes Every Gym Rat Can Relate to-VPA Australia
10 Hilarious Gym Memes Every Gym Rat Can Relate to

May 17, 2024 1 min read

Explore the top 10 hilarious gym memes that every gym rat can relate to. Find out the funny side of fitness with VPA's featured articles.
Read More
VPA x Muscle Hut
VPA x Muscle Hut

April 10, 2024 1 min read

VPA proteins and supplements are stocked at Muscle Hut. Muscle Hut is among our top wholesalers who are always fully stocked up with VPA products. Get on our wholesale program today.
Read More
VPA Australia Teams Up with Renowned Artist Tracey Keller for Limited Edition Shaker-VPA Australia
VPA Australia Teams Up with Renowned Artist Tracey Keller for Limited Edition Shaker

March 12, 2024 2 min read

Discover the limited edition shaker collaboration between VPA Australia and renowned artist Tracey Keller. Shop now for this exclusive product!
Read More