Having A Hot Bath Could Burn As Many Calories As Working Out
Hot baths ftw.
If you’ve ever cancelled a trip to the gym to spend a well-deserved evening in the bathtub, you’ve actually been doing your body a massive favour.
It turns out that stewing in a hot bath has a positive effect on blood sugar control, and burns as many calories (130, to be precise) as pulling on your exercise gear and going for a 30-minute walk.
The investigation was carried out by researchers at Loughborough University, who tested the response of fourteen men who went for an hour’s cycle followed by an hour-long bath at 40°c.
The tests threw out some interesting, if a little unexpected, results.
Explaining the hidden benefits of soaking in a tub, Dr Faulkener wrote for The Conversation: ‘The overall blood sugar response to both conditions was similar, but peak blood sugar after eating was about 10% lower when participants took a hot bath compared with when they exercised.”
Basically, with blood sugar being closely linked to metabolic rate, the lower your score comes in, the more efficient your body is at processing calories. Hoorah.
The virtues of ‘passive heating’ have been explored in several other studies, with researchers pointing out that it can help reduce chronic inflammation in conditions like Type 2 diabetes.
So, never let anyone tell you you’re wasting both time and hot water by going for a bath. After all, it’s for your health.
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