We just found a way to shed off those pounds — and it doesn’t involve any form of workout, at all!
Lazy people, unite! Looks like losing weight doesn’t always have to involve being hot and sweaty.
New research suggests that hot baths may bring health benefits similar to mild exercise! Dr. Steve Faulkner, a researcher at Longborough University, attributes the findings to what he calls “passive heating”, which is different from sweating it out while exercising.
To test it, Faulkner had 14 men either cycling or taking an hour-long bath with the water above 40 degrees celsius. According to Faulkner:
“Cycling resulted in more calories being burned compared with a hot bath, but bathing resulted in about as many calories being burned as a half-hour walk (around 140 calories).”
So while it’s clearly no crossfit exercise, taking a long, hot bath is actually similar to a half-walk — and after a long, tiring day, guess what we’re choosing.
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