CAN A HOT BATH HELP US BURN CALORIES?

                                                                                                                                  Photo credit:Tim Walker

YES according to a study conducted by the scientist Dr Steve Faulkner at the Loughborough University London, hot bath lowers blood sugar levels and burn as many calories as a half-hour walk.

But I would suggest you to test it before throwing away your fitness abonnement…

14 men took part in two tests: the first was to go on an hour’s cycle. The second was to kick back in an hour-long 40’C bath.

Both tests were designed to raise the core body temperature by one degree, which allowed the team to study how many calories were being burned in each session.

Although the cycling burnt more calories, Dr Steve Faulkner discovered that taking a hot bath burns about 140 calories per hour.

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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.

The researcher went on to say that passive heating might also be handy in reducing chronic inflammation in conditions like type 2 diabetes.

So does this really mean we can get away with sacking off actual exercise in favor of a bubble bath ?

Hum hum, not sure about that…If you’re forced between taking a hot bath and working out, it’s still best to hit the gym and after, why not take a relaxing soak, it’s cool to know that you may end up burning a few extra calories in the process.

 

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