When it comes to keeping fit and healthy everyone’s first thought is usually get the workout gear on, slip on those trainers and get running, however that might now not be the most productive way to stay healthy according to new research.
You wouldn’t have thought it, but enjoying a relaxing soak in the bath could actually be doing more for your health you than you think.
Research by Dr. Steve Faulkner and Loughborough University, has revealed that dipping into the tub may have similar health and fitness benefits to exercising, even possibility helping to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Who knew that actually spending an hour in the bath would offer the same, if not better, health benefits than an hour long bike-ride or run.
Dr. Faulkner and his Loughborough team tested the effects of a hot bath on blood sugar control and the number of calories burned.
The study involved 14 people, all of whom enjoyed an hour-long, 40 degree celsius bath as well as a 60-minute bike ride for an exercise comparison.
The two tests were created to raise core body temperature so they could measure how many calories were lost during each exercise. The end result did reveal that a bike-ride burned more calories than a soak in the bath, however, they did find that a hot bath burned off as many calories as a 30-minute walk.
The research also revealed that the anti-inflammatory properties of exercise are important for our overall health and helps to fight diseases. Suggesting that repeated heating in a bath for example, may contribute to the reduction of chronic inflammation, which is often found in long-term diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
For more information on Dr. Faulkner and his Loughborough University research visit online.