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How Many Calories Are Burned in a Hot Tub?

author image Christine Dagnelli
Christine Dagnelli began writing in 1992 as a commentator and has published articles on health and autism. She is a contributing writer for several websites and has published her first book, "Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to Look at Autism.” Dagnelli studied psychology and nutrition at Rowan University and is working toward a doctorate in nuerophilosophy.
How Many Calories Are Burned in a Hot Tub?
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After a long, difficult day, sitting in a hot tub can be a relaxing activity. You do burn calories in a hot tub, but not enough to contribute to any significant weight-loss goals.

Burning Calories in a Hot Tub

A 150-pound person would burn about 17 calories sitting in a hot tub for 15 minutes. Calories burned in any activity, though, are also a factor of gender, age and health issues.

Alternatives to the Hot Tub

A sauna is often touted as burning up to 300 calories in 15 to 20 minutes. While you may lose a pound or two through sweating, you'll gain it back as soon as you rehydrate your body. A sauna actually burns about the same number of calories as a hot tub.

Steam Rooms and Calories

Sitting in a steam rooms burns about as many calories as sitting in a hot tub -- about the same as you would sitting anywhere. The temperature is lower in a steam room than in a sauna, and the benefit is more for the skin, not weight loss.

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