Exercising for the lazy? We say it’s losing weight the non-physical way (sort of). A recent study by a team at Loughborough and Leicester Universities led by Dr. Faulkner, found that soaking in a hot tub (at 40˚C – that’s pretty hot!) for an hour burns an average of 126 calories per hour, which is similar to taking a 30-minute walk.
Besides that, they discovered that a hot bath lowers blood sugar levels more than cycling!
‘We think the reason is that the bath may encourage the release of heat shock proteins, which may help lower blood sugar levels by improving insulin-controlled glucose uptake,’ said Dr Faulkner. That being said, he highly encourages physical activity and exercise to maintain a well-balanced healthy lifestyle.
Incorporating this into our daily routine doesn’t sound that bad at all. In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow swears by taking a bath every night as her nightly ritual. And Gwyneth’s not alone: The Japanese have their famous onsen bath houses; Turkish have their hammam, and Icelandic folks enjoy dipping themselves in geothermal spas. People all around the world regularly enjoy the benefits of a hot bath. Here’s how you can too:
Set aside a half hour for you to unwind and relax in the hot tub.
Make sure your bath stays hot throughout your time in the tub. Turn your tap to the highest temperature and fill the tub. If it’s unbearable fill it with a 5 to 4 ratio of hot water and luke warm water. It may take a while for you to get used to the temperature but the heat will ensure you’re cutting those calories.
Pour in 2 cups of Epsom salt to help loosen up tense muscles and also add in some essential oil, which is good for aromatherapy. You can also add coconut oil so your skin is also moisturised.
You can use this time to apply hair masks, or facial masks for a full pampering session in that 30 minutes.
Enjoy the rest of your bath time!