It’s a good day for those who understand the need to become more fit but want to do the bare minimum to achieve that. We all love our baths, the time we can take to light an aromatherapy candle and blast some relaxing music. But turns out, there’s more benefits to it than just unwinding. Dr. Steve Faulkner of Loughborough University says taking a nice hot bath is just as effective as exercising. It’s also supposed to help prevent type 2 diabetes.
The term is “passive heating,” which can improve your health without overexerting yourself on the treadmill. Dr. Faulkner and his team researched the effect of a warm bath on blood sugar control and the corresponding amount of calories burned. Involving 14 people, each enjoyed an hour-long bath set at 104 degrees Fahrenheit as well as an hour of cycling, which was probably a little less enjoyed.
The two tests were made to raise core body temperature by just one degree so that the amount of calories burned in each session could be measured. The results? A hot bath was found to burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk.
“The overall blood sugar response to both conditions was similar, but peak blood sugar after eating was about 10% lower when participants took a hot bath compared with when they exercised,” Dr. Faulkner reported.
He also discussed that anti-inflammatory properties of exercise are vital for immune systems and fighting off diseases. “This suggests that repeated passive heating may contribute to reducing chronic inflammation, which is often present with long-term diseases, such as type 2 diabetes,” he said.
Well, you already know what I’m doing tonight: