Happy heart af­ter steamy sauna ses­sion

Irish Sunday Mirror - - YOUR HEALTH -

Heat can mimic work­out Re­lax­ing in a steamy sauna could cut your risk of dy­ing from heart dis­ease.

Be­tween four and seven sauna vis­its a week gives the best ben­e­fits, a study pub­lished in jour­nal BMC Medicine sug­gests.

Sauna ses­sions are thought to mimic the ef­fects of gen­tle ex­er­cise, boost­ing heart health and low­er­ing blood pres­sure.

The study was run in Fin­land and fol­lowed men and women aged over 50.

People who at­tended four to seven sauna ses­sions a week had around a quar­ter the chance of heart death com­pared to those who went to just one, the team found.

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