Work towards a healthier heart with your hot tub, swim spa & sauna

world-health-day-6Sunday, April 7th is World Health Day. This day marks the anniversary of the creation of the World Health Organization in 1948, and each year a theme is created to focus on different health concerns. 2013’s health focus is high blood pressure.

Oregon Hot Tub is lucky enough to sell three different lines of products that can help maintain good heart health. Hot Spring Spas, Finnleo Saunas, and TidalFit Swim Spas are all products that, with regular use, can be instrumental in achieving good cardiovascular health and prevention of high blood pressure.

Swimming in a Hydropool Swim Spa is an excellent way to get your minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic activity needed for a healthy heart. Increasing your heartbeat through swimming helps strengthen your heart. This type of exercise will encourage your heart to beat slower and more efficiently. A stronger heart can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, as well as help prevent heart attacks and lower blood pressure. And, if you do experience a heart attack, your doctor will advise exercise once your heart is healed to help with recovery. Swimming is a great low-impact exercise option to help you gradually increase endurance and better heart health.

Bathing in a Finnleo Infrared Sauna can also help with heart health. Back in 2001, WebMD published a report about sauna bathing helping the heart a same way exercise can. (But, please keep exercise as part of your daily routine!) In Japan, a study was conducted at Kagoshima University using dry saunas set around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It was determined that using a sauna at this temperature at least 15 minutes a day 3-5 times per week can help improve heart function by as much as 40%! (By the way, since Finnleo Infrared Saunas have the lowest EMR/EF emissions of ANY sauna, this makes them the safest for daily sauna use as well.)

Soaking in a Hot Spring Spa will give your heart health a boost as well. Soaking in hot water helps with vasodilation, which means your blood vessels open up during a soak. This response is similar to the way your body reacts during normal activities like a brisk walk. A 15-20 minute soak every day will help increase blood and oxygen flow to the heart, and safely increase heart rate. (Note—if you are hypertensive, check with a doctor before incorporating a hot tub into your daily routine.)

Did you know…? Both hot tubs and saunas are one of the listed steps on the American Heart Association’s site for prevention and treatment of high blood pressure!

If you or someone you know has issues with heart health, share this info with them. They may want to consider investing in a Hot Spring Spa, Finnleo Sauna, or Hydropool Swim Spa to help them achieve and maintain a healthy heart.