A group of a researchers have compiled evidence suggesting that a 30-minute warm bath may have the same positive health affects as a 30 minute walk. A team of scientists from Loughborough University in the U.K. had a group of 14 men perform a one-hour bicycle ride and a one-hour bath in 104-degree-Fahrenheit water.
The goal was to collect data concerning burning calories. Calories tend to be burned at a quicker pace when the body is also working to regulate temperature. The biking burned the majority of the calories, but the bath actually burned an additional 130 calories, which is about how many calories are burned during a 30-minute walk.
A publication called “The Conversation” also shared information regarding the blood sugar levels of the sample population. The peak blood sugar of the participants was about 10% lower when a bath was taken in place of the bike ride.
And the benefits don’t end there. Participants also experienced a decrease in inflammation as a result of the baths. Imagine, helping swelling and injuries with a simple warm soaking.
This last finding won’t come as a surprise to many since a few research groups and publications have already begun linking the mild heat therapy from saunas to a decrease in risk for cardiovascular diseases.
The researchers did want to make sure that all who were informed of their findings received an emphasis on the fact that the test population was male, meaning that females (due to their distinct genetic makeups) may experience different results.