The love-hate relationship with exercise is great. There are those people who love, do not live without the habit of routine, the kind that, if they go a day without doing their physical activity, for them it will be a lost day. But there are also those who hate and can’t even think about torture, which is doing something.
Even though everyone knows that exercising is good for health, the rejection of them remains strong. They help to improve illnesses, lose weight and may even improve mood. The benefits are many, but when rancidity sets in, there is no one to take it away.
One thing that seems like the dream of those people who don’t like exercise is to get all the benefits they provide, but without having to move a single muscle.
And to the delight of many, a survey was conducted to see if a hot bath or a visit to the sauna could also provide the same benefits for the body as a time of physical exercise . And the evidence so far looks promising.
As much as it is said that physical activity is a great medicine, worldwide, approximately 25% of adults fail to reach the minimum levels of exercise that are recommended, which are 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of intense activity weekly.
In the world we live in, where most jobs are in an office for hours and tasks can be solved at the push of a button, it’s easy to understand why society has moved to higher levels of sedentary lifestyles. However, there is an urgent need to find alternatives to improve people’s health.
Because of this, researchers are investigating how hot baths and saunas can affect the body. After all, throughout history, various cultures have used heat therapy to improve health.
However, until recently, the benefits of bathing were seen as unscientific. But over the past few decades the evidence has grown, and it is now known that taking a regular shower in a sauna or hot tub can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition to bringing broader health benefits.
“Our recent review of the research found that regular sauna or hot tub baths can provide some health benefits similar to low-to-moderate-intensity aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, and bicycling. At first glance, comparing a hot bath or sauna to a run may seem illogical, after all, the former tends to be seen as relaxing and the latter tiring, but they are more similar than you think”, explained Charles James Steward, who integrates a group of researchers from Coventry University.
The similarities between bathing and exercise go beyond what a person might feel physically. Through ultrasound examinations of the arteries, researchers also observed an increase in blood flow.
Importantly, outside the laboratory, long-term observational studies have also shown that the application of heat at rest, which is called “passive heating”, has the potential to be both pleasurable, practical and potent to improve health.