After a recent Airbnb stay out of state, I was surprised that the property had a sauna. Being from Texas, I have never used one, and I was quite intimidated by the thought of firing it up.

When Texas residents hear about people taking a sauna, their initial reaction is just to laugh. We all joke that we don't need to use a sauna because we live in one.

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That led me to find out if just sitting outside in Texas is close enough to a sauna to get the health benefits. According to MySaunaWorld studies recommend that you keep a sauna 155-195 degrees.

Handsome man relaxing in sauna during wellness weekend

Texas Is Not As Hot As A Sauna

The humidity in a sauna also tends to be very low, usually around 5-10%. There is a rule about saunas that is called the rule of 200.

The combined humidity and temperature should not exceed 200. You should also limit your time in a sauna to 45 - 60 minutes.


The average humidity in Texas is 58% today, so if you go by those numbers it would have to be 142 degrees outside for you to get the benefits of a sauna.

The Inside Of Your Texas Car Is As Hot As A Sauna

After 60 minutes of sitting out in a 90-degree weather in Texas, the internal temperature of your car inside could be 133 degrees. If you add in your humidity, you could technically get the benefits of a sauna.

Bored woman sitting in a car in traffic jam looking through the open window.

No one would advise you to do that, and heat stroke is possible if you exceed time and temperatures.

Texas Is Technically More Of A Steam Room

According to MebMD steam rooms are usually 110 to 120 degrees at nearly 100% humidity. If you live in Houston and spend an hour outside in the summer, you are getting the benefits of a steam room minus the potential air pollution rating for the day.

  • Clearing congestion
  • Improving skin health
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Improving circulation
  • Easing bronchitis symptoms
  • Workout recovery
  • Relaxation
  • Lowering joint stiffness

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If you usually spend all of your time indoors during the summer, you might want to consider taking some time just sitting on the porch and reaping all of those free health benefits.

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