Everyone loves to get their sweat on. Especially in the midst of another arctic Canadian winter (in the East, anyway).
The best part? Saunas are more than just recreational hot boxes of cedar-scented goodness – they can also prolong your life.
Tracking 2,300 men over a 20-year period, researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have determined that those who went to the sauna four to seven times per week were associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Regular sauna bathing also contributes to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol levels, and lower risk of diabetes.
And here’s where the Finns really have us beat: saunas are as popular as television sets (3.3 million), and are almost standard in private homes. They’re accessible in almost all walks of life, especially at the workplace, and often demand more time than exercising among the Finnish population.
At last a reason for young professionals to take advantage of this most underappreciated condo amenity.