Some of the people who want to lose extra calories are limited to do that by exercising or walking, so they need to find another way how to do it. Fortunately, researchers found that relaxing in a hot bath is equally beneficial for your body as a 30-minute walk.
The study that was conducted at the Loughborough University on 14 participants (men), shows that one-hour bicycle ride and a one-hour bath in 104-degree-Fahrenheit water.
Researchers aimed to raise the body’s core temperature by one degree. It was found that the cycling burned many more calories, but the researchers did come across something somewhat surprising, that relaxing in the hot bath did burn 130 calories, (the equal amount as you’ll burn on a half-hour walk).
Some additional findings from the study:
- It was discovered that peak blood sugar was around 10 percent lower when a bath was taken in place of the bike ride.
- The bath has the same effect as exercise when it came to the anti-inflammatory response.
The study also found that the passive heating (relaxing in a hot bath for an hour) helps reducing inflammation. This idea of passive heating as a medical treatment is fairly new and has become popular with one country in particular: Finland.
According to study in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal from 2015, the spending time in saunas — another act of passive heating—may help zone off cardiovascular diseases.
Note: Because all of these study participants were men, and given that the female and male bodies can act in drastically different ways, there may be also different results.
So replacing a day’s exercise, soaking in a warm tub can do good things for your mental health.