We do not intend to change your exercise routine for a while in the bathtub. However, we do have to expose its virtues when science says that, at about 40 degrees it is as effective as going out for half an hour of walking. And the answer lies in passive warming, which helps burn calories, according to a study in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Steve Faulkner, a researcher at Loughborough University, says that “bathing can have benefits similar to exercise, as well as helping to prevent type 2 diabetes.” The reason is that hot water favors the release of heat shock proteins and this regulates blood sugar levels, improves the immune system and keeps blood pressure at bay.
In that study, Dr. Faulkner and his team investigated the effect of a hot bath in a group of 14 people during a one-hour immersion at 40 degrees. While on the other hand, they also analyzed a group of subjects cycling for half an hour.
They found that 30 minutes of cycling burned about 600 calories, but that a hot bath consumed the same as a half-hour ride.
On the other hand, the researchers measured blood sugar control.
But it does not stop here. The anti-inflammatory properties that exercise provides are important for the immune system and help fight disease.
Conclusion: if you are thinking of going on a road with the bike and but you are more of the passive ones regarding the sport, immerse yourself in a 40-degree bath and, simply, relax.