THE PHYSIOLOGY EFFECTS OF A FINNISH SAUNA ON AEROBIC EXERCISE IN COLLEGE-AGED INDIVIDUALS

  • Holly Bogdanich Fairmont State University, Department of Education, Health and Human Performance, Fairmont, WV, USA
  • Jan Kiger Fairmont State University, Department of Education, Health and Human Performance, Fairmont, WV, USA
  • Julia Matzenbacher Santos Fairmont State University, Department of Education, Health and Human Performance, Fairmont, WV, USA https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4466-7582

Resumo

Sauna baths acutely increases vasodilation, heart rate (HR) and muscle relaxation; therefore sessions of sauna have been tested as a therapeutic treatment for cardiovascular diseases and psychological diseases. When combined with exercise, sauna baths have been performed to accelerate exercise recovery, with the sauna being done post workout the majority of times. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of the sauna used prior to a bout of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. Eight volunteer performed a 20-minute treadmill aerobic exercise (running) 70% of maximal VO2 with and without a visit to the sauna. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP), HR, and Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) were recorded before, halfway at 10 minutes, and after the aerobic exercise. Systolic BP, assessed before exercise, was not different when subjects performed prior sauna (124.8 ± 10.8 vs. 125± 11 mm/Hg no sauna and sauna, respectively). However, diastolic BP was lower in no-sauna condition vs. sauna condition while HR and RPE (73± 5 vs 80± 4.5 mm/Hg BP, 90±13 vs. 101±11 beats/min and 6 vs. 7 RPE no sauna and sauna, respectively). When the comparison was made within the experimental condition exercise, sauna attenuated the increase in systolic and diastolic BP induced by exercise without affecting HR and RPE. Extreme high temperatures experienced in sauna modulate cardiovascular system responses by increasing HR and diastolic blood pressure. Moderate exercise increases systolic and diastolic BP, which might be attenuated when sauna is performed prior to exercise. A Sauna session might be used to modulate the response of exercise towards BP.

Publicado
2019-12-17
Como Citar
Bogdanich, H., Kiger, J., & Santos, J. (2019). THE PHYSIOLOGY EFFECTS OF A FINNISH SAUNA ON AEROBIC EXERCISE IN COLLEGE-AGED INDIVIDUALS. Revista Contexto & Saúde, 19(37), 137-141. https://doi.org/10.21527/2176-7114.2019.37.137-141
Seção
Exercício Físico & Saúde