“Are you a marathon runner?” Sonja the nurse asked, unwrapping the velcro band from my arm. “No, why do you ask?” “Your blood pressure is 98/60 and your pulse is 55. We usually only see these kind of low numbers with marathon runners. So, whatever you are doing, keep it up.”
Well, here’s what i’m doing:
- I exercise no more than the average bear. I run, bike, walk, three times a week or so, nothing special.
- I eat pretty well. Yet I am prone to indulgences like Watson’s sponge candy and a beer or two in a nICE mug.
- I sauna 3 times a week. Going on 20 years now.
#1 and #2 above don’t set me apart. #3 probably does.
Authentic sauna is the key.
An infrared light bulb closet, health club or hotel sauna may, in my view, lead to increased blood pressure:
- Lame sauna stove.
- Restrictions on loyly (steam created from water being tossed on sauna rocks).
- Lack of fresh air.
- Annoying distractions from meatheads playing Lady Gaga.
An authentic Finnish sauna regime will most likely provide lower vital signs:
- Allowing for a full cool down between sauna sessions, either a cool lake plunge or outdoor shower in the misty garden all wet with rain.
- Complementing your own work out regime.
- Bringing your body temperature up, then cooling down provides endorphin rush akin to running.
- Taking advantage of sauna health benefits and a healthy lifestyle.
How are your vitals?