Saturday, 16 February 2013

Lose Weight Without any effort, or a penny!


When my friend first told me this secret, i refused to believe it.

To lose weight without a sweat!??

To exercise without moving!??!!

And not cost more than a dollar!??

The secret lies in your bathtub.

Most house or apartments have one.

Read the extract from article below

Hot Water
Therapy and Exercise

Spas and Hot Tubs offer much more than sensations of warmth and effervescence. For many soakers, time in the spa can bring pain relief, inceased mobility and in some cases, even healing. How does this happen and what do hot water and jet action really do to the human body?As anyone who has ever slid into a spa or hot tub can attest, things start happening from the very first moment of contact with the water. The most immediate sensation is one of buoyancy, followed soon after by enveloping warmth. It's this combination of buoyancy and sustained high heat that creats hot water therapy and brings about a fundamental shift in how the body & circulatory system operates. Any warm water will provide the benefits of buoancy, but it won't provide the circulatory and blood pressure benefits of a spa.
Once you've immersed yourself in the hot water, the temperature regulating mechanisms of your body kick into gear, trying to restore and maintain a normal temperature. Your heart works harder, pumping blood to the surface in an attempt to disperse extra body heat into the air. As this increased volume of blood courses through your veins, a temporary increase in blood pressure occurs.
In trying to cool itself down, the body also begins sweating at an increased rate to bring moisture to the surface of the body, where under normal cicumstances it would evaporate and lower the bodies temperature. Because the body is immersed in hot water, the sweat can't cool the skin through evaporation. In fact, the blood brought to the skin's surface becomes even hotter because water is more effective than air at transferring heat.
As the blood continues its cycles, gathering more warmth from the surface and transporting it deep into the body, the soaker's core (or overall) temperature rises rather rapidly. In 104 degree water, studies show, a spa user's core body temperature can rise to 102 degrees Fahrenheit in under 20 minutes.
At some point as the body's core temperature rises and ciculation is enhanced and the hot tub user is overtaken by a powerful feeling of relaxation. So what's just happened?
According to medical experts, a second change in the body's blood pressure has occurred: As the warmed blood spreads thruoghout the body, it causes the blood vessels to expand. This dilation lessens the resistance to blood flow, and blood pressure drops. By dilating the vessels, this warm blood has, in effect, created easier flow and increases the body's level of circulation. As this surge of warm, nourishing blood reaches deeper and deeper into the body, more blood vessels dilate and your muscles relax more and more.
The warmth not only stimulates activity in the bloodstream, it also has an effect on the nervous system. The spa water's heat causes the central nervous system to become depressed, which contributes to muscle relaxation as well as temporary pain relief.
The muscle relaxation that comes with using hot water also plays a significant role in relieving pain. When a muscle is tense, for whatever reason, it also pinches on particular nerves and blood vessels that run through it. This makes for an unhappy muscle. Not only is pressure exerted on the nerve, but blood flow is restricted (which creates an insufficient oxygen supply), and lactic acid and other metabolic wastes back up. These results can all contribute to pain.
Hot water and pressure both help the muscle to relax. When that happens, it means that the blood running through the vessels is able to flow more efficiently, thereby reducing pain. And furthermore, pressure is released off the nerves.
The advantage of a spa over a simple hot bath is that all of the above described benefits are enhanced when jet action enters the picture. The mechanical stimulation jets provide intensifies these bodily responses in individual, targeted areas of the body, helping to further reduce painful inflammation.
The pressure of the jetted water can also promote healing by stimulating the body's healing mechanisms, reports Mike Casey, a registered physical therapist and owner of Granada Physical Therapy in Granada Hills, CA.
Along with the increased oxygen level that the tissues enjoy in a spa, he explains, the heat and the pressure from the jets can raise the level of anti-bodies and white blood cells that provide the body's defenses. These natural bodily defenses then destroy the bad cells around an injured area and help stimulate the formation of new tissue.
Fast, heated blood flow can also stimulate the body's self-cleansing process and increased sweating allows the body to release toxins at an elevated rate. In addition, as heart rate and respiration are increased, the blood carries more oxygen to the body's tissues, allowing them in turn to increase the rate at which they can eliminate metabolic waste products.
When a muscle relaxes, its fibers become spaced far enough apart so that the blood vessels have no problems transporting the volume of blood necessary to flush out metabolic wastes and replace them with oxygen and other nutrients, says Horay.
By maintaining a healthy muscle, he continues, not only can you relieve pain, but you can also prevent pain as well as susceptibility to certain injuries. By relaxing the muscle with hot water, you can prime it for stretching exercises, range of motion exercises and other gentle exercises that help strengthen and stretch the muscles out.
For many spa users, muscle relaxation and pain relief, whether it's from the stress and aches of everyday life or from the chronic pain and stiffness experinced by those who suffer from diseases such as arthritis, are the most important benefits of soaking. Spas also can play a critical role in directed, short or long term therapy programs for the injured and the ill, offering an environment in which it is easier to exercise muscles without strain or additional injury.
The soothing water action can do more than provide relaxation and pain relief. According to Rosalind Cartwright, director of the Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center, Sleep deepens as body temperature falls. As a result, she recommends in the newsletter Bottom Line Personal, that people who suffer occasional sleeplessness, especially if it is induced by pain, can help themselves by soaking in water about 103 degrees F approximately two hours before bedtime.

The Attributes of Hot Water Therapy
Who Needs It?

Over 75 million Americans suffer from repeated attacks of back distress, a number increasing by at least 7 million per year. Many millions more suffer from stiff necks, chronic headaches, and a variety of joint and muscle problems.
There are numerous causes that keep this number increasing each year. Stress alone can be one of the biggest causes of back and neck pain, especially for those who sit in front of a desk or computer on a daily basis.
There are a number of ways to deal with back, neck and muscle problems. Pain killers and muscle relaxants may help, but they are addictive and only add short term relief at best. The only long term program that will eliminate these problems is a long-term exercise program, one that is frequently best suited for a spa or other hot water applications.
Hydrotherapy is really just a fancy name for hot water exercise. It has been used for thousands of years as an effective treatment for a variety of physical ailments. Doing hydrotherapy at home offers convenience, privacy, and conditions which more adequately suit the healing process.
Hot water from a spa can dramatically increase the therapeutic value of the effects of exercise. Using the three main components of a good exercise program (massage, exercise and stretching) with a minimal amount of time, one can begin feeling the benefits almost immediately. The following components make up a part of hot water exercise routing and improve or eliminate many of the disorders mentioned earlier:
  • Relaxation in hot water
  • Massage to locate and loosen trouble spots
  • Gentle and rhythmic exercise to work muscles, remove toxins, and improve circulation
  • Stretching to improve flexibility and muscle tone
  • Cool down
What Happens When You Exercise In Hot Water:
Initially, the body experiences a temporary increase in blood pressure as the circulatory system quickly responds to the increase in body temperature caused by the hot water of the spa. Then the blood rushes to the skin surface where it increases in temperature, causing the blood vessels to expand and the blood pressure to drop down again. The rush of warmed blood then penetrates deeper into the tissue below the skin, bringing in more oxygen.
The rise in body temperature increases the amount of oxygen your body uses and the waste material it excretes. This will also increase your heart and respiration rate, which is actually a beneficial effect, helping your body to eliminate metabolic waste products and to move toxins out of the body tissues.
The Benefits of Hot Water:
  • Sedation of sensory motor neurons and pain relief
  • Stimulation of liver chemistry and conversion of lactic acid
  • Temporarily increased blood pressure followed by decreased blood pressure
  • Weightlessness and reduced gravity stress to muscles and joints
  • Increased metabolism with more oxygen moving into the body tissues
  • Increased respiration rate
  • Promotion of perspiring and elimination of body waste and toxins
  • Increased blood volume
  • Increased blood supply to muscles
  • Increased surface circulation
  • An environment that promotes total body relaxation
Who's the Target Market:
Anyone With:
  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Muscle spasm or muscle tension
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stiffness
  • Bruises and Contusions
  • The need for a quiet place to relax
When not to use hot water therapy:
  • Acute fever
  • Sever cardiac complications
  • Seizures
  • Acute bleeding, open wounds, pressure sores
  • Acute skin infections of contagious rashes
  • Vascular disease
  • Thermal nerve deficiency
  • Incontinence of bladder or bowel
  • Sever hydrophobia
  • Malignancy or active T.B.
When to use hot water therapy under the advise of a healthcare professional:
  • Pregnancy
  • Acute injury
  • Loss of sensation
  • postural hypertension
  • Cardiac history
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity or physical disability
  • Impaired balance
Note: Regardless of the temperature of the spa water always drink liquids to replenish the body fluid lost from perspiring. As a general rule of thumb, the average body will lose at least one pint of liquids every 20 minutes in a spa at 104 degrees.
About Your Muscles:
When you are driving, typing, or viewing a computer screen for hours on end, the muscles of your back, neck and shoulders may tend to tighten up, even if you don't consciously want them to. This process of contraction over a long period of time will have numerous effects. It will allow the build-up of waste products, especially lactic acid, and can cause pain and cramping. An average desk worker may have as much tension build-up in the neck and shoulders during each day as a marathon runner will have in his/her legs after a long race. The important difference is that a marathon runner probably has a regimented program for removing the stress and relieving the tension.
The Splinting Reflex:
Whenever a muscle is injured or in pain, the body has a natural reaction called the "splinting reflex," which acts to stiffen the muscle and prevent it from moving. When this occurs, the muscle tightens even further, clamping down on its blood vessels and nerves, and the pain increases. The greater the pain, the tighter the muscle clamps down, and the tighter the muscle gets, the more it hurts.
Note: The buoyancy provided by the hot water in a spa will decrease the pressure of gravity on a weak or injured muscle or joint. In effect, it removes much of the splinting reflex.
The Most Common Trouble Areas
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Traps (trapezius muscles)
  • Upper back
  • Middle back
  • Lower back

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