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Want Exercise Benefits Without Exercising? Get In the Hot Tub

Study finds 'improvements to cardiorespiratory fitness,' other health benefits from a nice hot soak

(Newser) - People have enjoyed hot baths or saunas for millennia, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, per the Guardian . Bathhouses remain popular in many parts of the world, including South Korea. In Finland, a country of 5.5 million people and 3 million saunas, sauna bathing is known as "the...

This Is the Most Swedish Arrest Ever

Cop recognizes a fugitive while naked in the sauna, makes the arrest

(Newser) - There's no escape from the long arm of the law in Sweden. Not even sitting naked in a sauna, reports the AP . Police spokeswoman Carina Skagerlind says an off-duty police officer found himself sitting in the same sauna in Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb, as a fugitive who'd dodged...

2 Brothers Went to Rev Up a Sauna. They Were Found Dead

Police in Finland believe the men were electrocuted after a nearby lightning strike

(Newser) - Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike's electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland. The brothers, born in 1950 and 1953, had arrived at the cottage in Juuka, a community of 3,200 in the...

Mother, Daughter Die in Freak Sauna Accident

Police say the handle on the sauna broke

(Newser) - A broken door handle proved deadly for two women in the Czech Republic on Saturday. Police say a mother and daughter, ages 65 and 45, died after becoming trapped in their friend's sauna for roughly 90 minutes. A police rep who spoke about the freak accident—which the AFP...

Could Using a Sauna Help You Live Longer?

Finnish study links sauna use, decreased risk of heart-related death

(Newser) - "Finns say the sauna is a poor man's pharmacy," a 54-year-old Helsinki native told the BBC in 2013. "If a sick person is not cured by tar, spirits, or sauna, then they will die." Looks like the Finns—most of whom have private saunas at...

Man Dies in 230° Sauna Contest
 Man Dies in 230° Sauna Contest 

Man Dies in 230° Sauna Contest

Two finalists were removed with severe burns

(Newser) - A Russian trying to win the Sauna World Championships died after collapsing with severe burns in the final stage of an event that required contestants to sit in a 230-degree room as water was tossed onto a searing stove. Vladimir Ladyzhenskiy, an amateur wrestler in his 60s, was pronounced dead...

DC's Hottest Club: Finnish Sauna Society

Where bipartisan networking is nude and sweaty

(Newser) - The hottest secret society in Washington is the Diplomatic Finnish Sauna Society, a group of DC operatives who gather to sweat in the 190-degree heat of the traditional Finnish sauna at said country's Embassy. For the society's 150 sauna-goers—Capitol Hill staffers, lobbyists, White House officials, and journalists—sauna networking...

At Sauna Championships, 100% Chance of Perspiration

(Newser) - The English entry at the recent World Sauna Championships in Finland didn’t turn in “Britain’s finest hour,” team member Tom Whipple writes for the Times of London. The premise is simple: whoever lasts longest in a brutally hot sauna wins. The Brits were at a disadvantage—...

Finn Sweats it Out at Sauna Championship

Competitors bring the heat, but victor lasts 12 minutes at 266F

(Newser) - Hometown favorite Timo Kaukonen was in it for glory, not relaxation, at the Sauna World Championships in Finland. Kaukonen was crowned prince of perspiration, but not before enduring 12 minutes and 26 seconds in a glass-walled sauna on a theater stage. The heat started at 230F and climbed to 266F...

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