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    Do you burn calories in a hot tub?

    My parents just got their hot tub installed and working and when I got out today, I was exhausted and dehydrated. Do you burn calories in a hot tub? I guess lounging in a hot tub is hardly a workout, but does it help anything at all?

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    Depends on what you are doing in the hot tub.
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    Paul, you took the words right outta my mouth

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    You dirty people.

    Just remember the lube, otherwise things get dry and uncomfortable.

    I would guess you'd burn fewer calories in a warm environment than in a cold environment, put it that way. But, honestly, depends what the temperature is set to. Your metabolism would likely slow to compensate for the increase in environmental temperature, no?
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    I don't think it would be so much as burning calories as it would be just a loss of water weight. You'd sweat out the water but would probably replenish it whenever you got some water afterwards. I wouldn't think it would burn any more calories than just sitting, maybe less because you'd be so relaxed. And probably because of what Belial said too. That makes some sense.
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    You are always burning calories.

    Having now pointed out the obvious, sitting in a hot tub would be heating your body externally, which means you wouldn't have to expend as much energy internally to maintain bodyheat.

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    If you jack up your cardiac output in trying to cool off (vasodilation of skin, increased heart rate) that could burn nominally more calories.

    This is the reverse of trying to drink ice water to burn more calories. Neither one is going to have much of an impact on your overal energy expenditure.

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    Re: Do you burn calories in a hot tub?

    Originally posted by EdgeCrusher
    when I got out today, I was exhausted and dehydrated. Do you burn calories in a hot tub? I guess lounging in a hot tub is hardly a workout, but does it help anything at all?
    simple answer: dehydration; even when u swim, u sweat a lot.
    btw, u actually burn more calories when in COLD water, cuz ur body makes ur muscles twitch (shiver) to generate heat instead of work to sustain body temp
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    True that.


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