Heat Therapies (Saunas, Hot Tubs) Offer Some Similar Benefits as Exercise

A new meta-review of studies from Coventry University-UK found that heat therapies, such as time in saunas or hot baths, raise core body temp and improve blood flow, leading to benefits that include lower blood pressure, better blood sugar control, better fitness levels, and reduced inflammation—all similar to the effects of moderate exercise such as jogging or cycling. But heat experiences can’t replicate all the benefits of exercise, such as increasing muscle mass or weight loss.

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