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New Book Reveals Warm Water Benefits for Heart, Lungs and Mind

Thursday, July 10, 2008 General News J E 4
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 10 For those who havewondered how warm water makes them feel so good, a new book may help themdiscover the answer. Published by the National Swimming Pool Foundation(NSPF), "Hot Water & Healthy Living" provides a thorough review of how thepressure and warmth of warm-water immersion causes the heart to pump moreblood, the chest to work harder to breathe, and the mind and body to relax.Authored by Jonathan B. "J.B." Smith, Ed.D., Indiana University of Indiana,the book includes more than 25 sources of scholarly scientific researchpresented in a manner understandable by both experts and laypersons.

Smith writes, "Our bodies make adjustments when we are immersed in water.These changes are similar to those that occur when we exercise. The changesinclude increased circulation, more efficient breathing, and improvements inmood." Soaking in warm water, like a hot tub, helps to heal our injuries,improves joint flexibility, sleep and a general sense of well-being. Doctorsand therapists have long-recommended soaking in hot water to ease a variety ofailments including arthritis, back pain, insomnia and fibromyalgia. "Hot Water& Healthy Living" explains how hot water immersion provides a safe, relaxingway to unwind, reduce anxiety, and cope more effectively with the challengesof daily life.

"In addition, this new book helps clarify how warm water immersion canhelp at-risk groups who may have limited exercise options," explains ThomasLachocki, Ph.D. and CEO with NSPF. "Soaking in a hot tub may be the easiestand safest way for sedentary people to get their daily dose of heart andrespiratory exercise," concludes Lachocki.

"Hot Water & Healthy Living" can be ordered directly athttp://www.hotwaterbook.org, or through NSPF at http://www.nspf.org or719-540-9119.

Founded in 1965, National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) is a non-profitorganization dedicated to improving public health worldwide by encouraginghealthier living through aquatic education and research. NSPF is the leadingeducator of aquatic facility operators and the chief philanthropic researchsponsor in the aquatics field. For more information, visithttp://www.nspf.org.

For more information about Hot Water & Healthy Living or to schedule aninterview with Dr. Lachocki, please contact Laurie Batter of BatterUp!Productions at batterup@batterupproductions.com.Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.Thomas Lachocki, Ph.Dhttp://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=77270

SOURCE National Swimming Pool Foundation
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