A soak in a thermal bath is a quintessential Budapest experience. (It hasn’t cultivated a reputation as the “City of Spas” for nothing.) These baths, or fürdok in Hungarian, are heated by natural thermal springs and usually include on-site massage services, as well as steam rooms.

“Our study shows that even a single session induces a rise in markers that may positively affect health if repeated over two weeks,” Christof Leicht, PhD, MSc, one of the study’s authors and a lecturer in exercise physiology at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, said. “It appears to be similar to exercise. One exercise session won’t do much to fitness or health, but repeated sessions show the desired effect.”


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