Science Agrees, A Hot Bath Burns As Many Calories As A 30-Min Walk

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Do we really burn calories when we take a bath?

Fantastic news for all of you out there that love to soak in the tub: researchers are saying that relaxing in a hot bath may LITERALLY be just as beneficial for your body as a 30-minute walk.

What's the science behind burning calories in the bathtub?

A research group at Loughborough University did the strenuous job of tracking this theory, they used a control group of 14 men who were put through two tests: a one-hour bicycle ride and a one-hour bath in 104-degree-Fahrenheit water.

The main goal was to raise the body's core temperature by one degree. The study found that the cycling burned many more calories, but the researchers did come across something somewhat surprising: Relaxing in the hot bath did burn 130 calories, which is about the amount you'll burn on a half-hour walk.

What are the other health benefits to taking a hot bath?

Some additional findings from the study. The blood sugar of all participants was also tracked for 24 hours after the tests, and 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 also seemed to have the same effect as exercise when it came to the anti-inflammatory response post-activity for each of the participants.

The site The Conversation also discussed data that studied passive heating, which is exactly what it sounds like, relaxing in a hot bath for an hour. Turns out that this can help reduce inflammation. Passive heating as a medical treatment is relatively new, but popular with one country in particular: Finland.

A study in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal from 2015 suggests that spending time in saunas, may ward off cardiovascular disease.

So soak it up ladies!

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