Studies Say a Good Hot Bath Burns The Same Amount Of Calories As A 30 Minute Walk
Soaking in a hot bath is one of the most enjoyable and pleasurable luxuries of the day. After a long tiring day at work, a hot bath can be rejuvenating both mentally and physically. Given the fact that exercise keeps us fit, what many don’t know is that even the pleasure of a hot bath has immense health benefits and is considered hydrotherapy that has even undergone research to prove it so. According to studies, a hot bath for an hour can actually help you burn 130 calories and that’s a great help towards your weight loss, fitness and health goals. Take a look at the other benefits of a hot bath.
1A hot bath burns calories!
IN 2017, a study by Doctor Faulkner found that participants who soaked in a hot bath for an hour burned 79% more calories than sitting on a couch. Of course it wasn’t as much as a group who cycled for an hour and lost 750% more calories, but still it proved that bathing is a good alternative to burn calories for those who are stressed out, and fatigued. Those who suffer muscle pain and cannot exercise could also benefit from a hot bath as it was found to also increase metabolism.
2A hot bath can decrease blood sugar
The same study also found that bathing in hot water with a temperature of 104 F before meals regulated levels of blood sugar better than if someone exercised after a meal when blood sugar is high. However, the effect did not last the whole day but a hot bath can reduce a dangerous spike in blood sugar without the need for medication.
3Helpful assistance for diabetics
This means that those with type 2 diabetes can benefit from the assistance of a hot bath along with their medication to control any spike in blood sugar. If you are diabetic though, there is no substitute for your medication and no alternative should be attempted without consulting a doctor.
4A hot bath burns the same amount of calories as a 30 minute walk
Now that is something incredible which not many will have known until now. Given the fact that walking is a great exercise and an hour of brisk walking daily is an excellent exercise, a hot bath, on the other hand, can actually help you burn an equivalent amount of calories.
A study in 2015 found that sauna bathing for middle-aged people decreased the risk of sudden heart attack, fatal coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and mortality from other issues. A hot bath also benefitted the heart, muscles, and skin tissue which goes to show it can be used for more than just burning calories.