You can take a half hour walk if you want to burn calories, but a new study shows that taking a relaxing half hour in the bathtub can burn off just as many.
People’s “Bodies” reports that soaking in a hot tub of water can really burn off calories in a big way, all while you take some time off to read a good book or listen to some relaxing music.
A recent study published by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Loughborough in the U.K say that raising the temperature of the body by one degree by soaking in a tub measuring 104 degrees Fahrenheit burns 130 calories.
That’s the same amount burned by walking for a half hour! Both activities are fun to do, but sitting in a tub definintely seems like an easier way to burn off extra weight.
Benefits of Hot Bath
Taking a bath is good in other ways, too. Here are some of the great things that happen when you spend time in the tub.
1.) Sleep Better
Soak in the tub to get a great night of sleep. Natural Sleep Medicine says that the hot water in the bath will change your body temperature, and this makes the body work harder to get itself back to its normal rate. All of this expends energy that can make for a more restful night.
2.) Clears Sinuses
No one enjoys stuffed up sinuses and the symptoms that come with colds and allergies. So take a bath and enjoy the benefits of steaming your sinuses. Primarily Inspired says to add bath salts to the tub water for even more cold remedy action.
3.) Heals Sore Muscles
Sore muscles are hard to deal with, so take a bath to soothe tight muscles and get rid of lactic acid, which causes the soreness. Medical News Today says that a hot tub can relieve pain the joints too, naturally.
4.) Improves Blood Flow
Take a bath to get better blood flow in the body. Better blood circulation helps ease soreness in the muscles, and gives the brain better blood flow too.
5.) Promotes Better Breathing
Take a lovely tub soak to feel relaxed and improve your breathing too. The National Library of Medicine says a soak in chest high water adds some pressure to the chest that can improve breathing. This is a healing activity for the lungs, and it’s all natural, too.
A good tub soak is so enjoyable, some people feel guilty about taking the time out to get in the bath. The truth though is that a good tub soak has many health benefits that also ease stress and add to an overall positive feeling. All of this is very good for the mind and the body, which is why it’s actually good medicine. A nice tub soak is also a low cost way of feeling better, and it has no harmful side effects. Wow, that’s a lot of benefits in one very enjoyable activity.
So, next time you are feeling sore, stressed, or stuffy, shut the medicine cabinet and start running hot water for the tub. Your body and your mind will definitely thank you.
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