Adopting a lifestyle of varied, regular exercise is generally understood as the only real route to an athletic physique.
However there are those who cannot bear the thought of having to get all sweaty as they strive to carve their body into a facsimile of Greek statuary.
If that sounds like you, then help is finally at hand. A Florida-based company is marketing a new contraption that will allow you ride an exercise bike while taking a bath at the same time.
The makers of the Fitwet claim it offers '12 times higher intensity' than regular, bog-standard standalone exercise bikes, while helping users avoid the fatigue associated with working out.
Moreover, the company claims, their machine's 12 integral water jest 'exert a massaging action and especially a draining one which allows strong reduction of the cellulite'.
Like any other exercise bike the FitWet targets the lower body, offering a workout to the quadriceps and buttocks, with general overall benefit to cardiovascular health.
But its makers say it offers many benefits that regular bike workouts cannot.
'Sweating in the water enables to regulate the body temperature and to refresh it during the effort,' the company says.
'It also carries a part of its weight, and the ozone provides a sensation of relaxation and well being.
'On the other side, water resistance increases the intensity of the effort, and allows to improve the muscle balance and requests the participation of all the muscles of legs, torso, arms and back.