This article was originally written by Erin Magner for Well+Good.
In fact, one wellness expert says a piping-hot soak is her favorite way to get her heart rate up while deeply relaxing at the same time. "I have a baby, run a business, and have a lot of demands, but my half hour in the bathtub is a gift," says Shannon Vaughn. (She's so obsessed, in fact, that she created a line of detoxifying beauty and wellness treatments for the tub—Pursoma—to amplify the experience.)
The entrepreneur first discovered the health perks of bathing while in treatment for an ovarian cyst. "When I was really sick, one of the ways I got better were these soaks," she recalls. Through trial and error, she created a sweaty protocol that gives you the benefits of a cardio workout (no, really—science says so) and, if some studies are to be believed, a heavy metal detox.
Vaughn looks at her signature bathing ritual as an opportunity for a mini digital detox, too. "When you're soaking at home, you're away from your phone and not doing anything but relaxing," she says. After you capture the perfect #selfcare selfie, that is.
Keep reading to find out how to take your bath to a whole new level of healthiness—in less than an hour.