Who doesn’t love a hot bath? Sinking into steaming waters and feeling the worries of life wash away? The good news is that in new study conducted by Loughborough University’s National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine discovered hot baths can boost your metabolism in a way similar to exercise. Who knew?
The mind-blowing results from 10 test subjects whose blood sugars were monitored for a day, soaked in a 40 degree C bath. The following day they cycled as hard possible to raise their body temperatures by a degree, which is what occurs when you soak in a hot bath.
The studies demonstrated the subjects who took a hot bath burned 126 calories extra. The same amount you’d burn if you went for a half an hour walk. Less than the calories burned while cycling, but then the lying in a hot bath didn’t require any exertion either.
Even more surprising, was researchers discovered that hot baths also had an affect on glucose levels. In a press release from the University, the lead researcher believed the hot water encouraged the heat shock proteins to be released, which seemed to lower blood sugar levels.
Before you plan on ditching all exercise for hot baths, there are still myriads of reasons to a workout you won’t get from stewing in a bath of hot water. For example, you won’t get toned muscles, improve your cardio health or the addictive high you get from running. Exercise boosts your mood, gives you more confidence and can even make you sleep better at night,.
Use a hot bath as an addition to regular exercise and your metabolism could get the kick start you’ve been looking for, as well as aid your muscles in the recovery process.