Soaking in a bath has been a cultural practice all over the world for centuries. It has proven to provide benefits of improving mood, aiding skin conditions, reducing stress, clearing up cold symptoms and relieving muscle pain. What if you found out that bathing could actually help you stay on track with your weekly workout goals?
How does a healing bath burn calories?
As if I need any other excuses not to go take this run I have been putting off all week long! According to research done at Loughborough University, a warm bath can burn calories the same way you would by doing a decent cardio exercise.
This happens through what they refer to as passive heating of the body.
The study investigated 14 people taking an hour long soak in a warm 104 degree bath. The same people were also observed taking an hour long bike ride. Each activity included monitoring the number of calories burned.
The results were surprising. Though the bike ride burned more calories, the bath burned enough calories to compare to a brisk 30 minute walk.
Dr. Faulkner, one of the lead researchers, also found that baths may improve your health as it relates to type 2 diabetes prevention.
He states, “The overall blood sugar response to both exercises was similar, but peak blood sugar after eating was about 10 percent lower when participants took a hot bath compared with when they exercised.”
He also found that the anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise often help fight off disease in the body. The passive heating from the bath proved to