Want The Benefits of Exercise without ActuallyExercising? Get in the Hot Tub
Researchers have beenstudying the effects of "passive heating" on the body.
It turns out, there are numerous health benefits from sitting in asauna or a hot tub. Those benefits are comparable to those offered by low-to moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, like walking, jogging, andcycling.
One study found sauna use was tied to a decreased risk of fatal cardiovasculardisease.
Those who bathed in a sauna four to seven times per week actually had a 50%lower risk of fatal cardiovascular disease than those who did so onceper week. There are also some indications that a hot soak might also improvesymptoms of depression.
Other benefits include "improvements to cardiorespiratory fitness andvascular health.”
How does it work: sitting in a hot bath or sauna increases your bodytemperature, raises your heart rate, and increases blood flow… just likeexercise.