Our "lazy” BP fix
Sundays are my lazy days. So it seems like a good time to share this little tip.
And in most cases, this trick involves going to a club or gym. But there are at-home options too.
Let me get to the point…
Before I built out my home gym, I used to go to one locally. And when I did, it wasn’t to shoot the bull.
I liked to go in, get my workout in, and get on with my day.
But I get it. Going to the gym is a social experience.
So if meeting with friends or catching up on the latest gossip is enough to get you there… whatever works.
Even at home, I like certain cardio workouts, but I like to vary it up. Sometimes a rower, sometimes a treadmill (though I do most of my running outside).
But I always spend a fair amount of time on weights.
The one place I used to skip right past was the sauna. You know, the “hot house” room filled with half-naked men in towels.
I didn’t see the point. If I want to sweat, I could get my heart rate up and feel like I was actually “doing” something.
And I didn’t have to perch on a bench with a bunch of other stinky dudes in the process.
Frankly, I thought it was a lazy excuse for a visit to the gym.
Boy, was I wrong.
Turns out, not only is using a sauna relaxing, I read a study recently that found that it could drop a man’s risk of BP concerns by almost half.
Compared to men who didn’t use a sauna or only did it once per week, 2-3 sessions dropped their risk by 24%.
If you use a sauna 4 times a week or more, that risk dropped by 46%.
By just sitting there. In a towel.
By increasing your body temperature, your blood vessels have a chance to dilate. This in turn increases blood flow. It’s like a workout for your vessels.
So, ok – maybe these sauna guys are on to something.
It’s not often you can get a great benefit like lower BP, without even getting up off your behind…