Because of social media, there are a lot of food and fitness fads that come and go; however, every once in a while, a few of them turn out to be the real deal and are backed by scientific research. We all know that exercise provides long-lasting benefits and walking is one of the easiest exercises to lose weight; however, sometimes there are health factors that could prohibit someone from exercising. What would you say if I said taking a long bath provides the same benefits?
Researchers from the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Loughborough discovered that an hour-long bath in 40-degree Celcius water provides the same health and anti-inflammatory effects as a 30-minute walk. The scientists had 14 men take a one-hour bike ride followed by a one-hour bath. While cycling burned more calories, participants lost 130 calories relaxing in a bath. Roughly the same calories someone would lose taking a 30-minute walk.
Researchers found that relaxing in a 40C bath for an hour was as effective as a 30-minute walk for burning calories.
Icelanders also seem to have the right idea and many other cultures swear by the benefits of hot baths.
“Passive heating” by taking a hot bath provides the same benefits as exercise. These guys have known it all along.
H/t: Business Insider
Interestingly, researchers also found that the study participants also found their peak blood sugar was 10% lower after their bath. Because it also reduces inflammation, researchers have also concluded that bathing can also help lower blood pressure and blood sugar as well.
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