A study by the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Department at the University of Iowa in Iowa City wanted to see if sauna use can replace exercise for disabled individuals. The study involved 25 young healthy volunteers—13 males and 12 females—who were subjected to sauna heat for 30 minutes. The room that they were in were heated to 163.4 Fahrenheit.
After the allotted time expired, the volunteers were monitored to observe any changes that may have occurred in their body before and after they were subjected to sauna heat. To summarize their results, their body temperature and heart rate increased while their blood pressure decreased. Additionally, certain beneficial compounds such as Norepinephrine, Proloactin and HSP72 increased.
Authors of the study concluded that indeed, some physiologic changes that occurred while a person is in the sauna were similar to exercise, though they were quick to note that sauna cannot completely replace physical activity. That said, for people who find it impossible to adhere to a regular exercise routine, sauna offers beneficial health changes that could help maintain their good health. For those that can, partnering regular exercise with regular sauna use can help improve your health beyond what you initially thought possible.
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