(PCM) A new study has revealed that the benefits of taking a hot bath each day can equal out to the same benefit as taking a long walk as a form of exercise. Heck, yes! This is the news we’ve been waiting for!
The study which was conducted by the U.K.’s Loughborough University shows that both hot baths and exercise can provide someone with quite similar health benefits. The researchers conducted an experiment where they were able to show that the effects of taking a hot bath (aka. passive heating to get scientific) burned as many calories as taking a 30-minute walk. Although, of course, not as many calories were burned in the bath, as there were to riding a bicycle. Go figure!
We are still amazed to hear that the results of just relaxing in warm water could have the same effect at all as any type of vigorous activity. The researchers still want people to keep in mind that exercise “still offers the greatest overall benefit to weight control and metabolic health” , however the effects of a hot bath will aid in combating chronic inflammation and help slow blood sugar spikes after eating.
That’s enough for us! Bring on the bath bombs … we are ready to get our exercise on for the day!