Millions of people around the world are complaining that they do not get enough exercise or physical activity during the day, especially not with a 9 to 5 job. Most of them say they are too tired when they arrive home from work to do anything strenuous.
However, no one is too tired or too busy to enjoy a nice, long, warm and soothing bath. Well, you should do it, since spending an hour in a hot bath can burn as many calories as half an hour spent walking.
In 2016, Dr. Faulkner analyzed healthy and obese men who either did 60 minutes of moderate cycling or bather in 104 degree Fahrenheit water.
The ones who took a bath, burned 79 percent more calories than they would have if they spent the time sitting on the couch, while the ones cycling burned 70 percent more calories than the rest.
Even though exercise is the best way to lose weight and shape up, bathing also accelerates the metabolism as well and can be of great help for people who are tired or feel muscle pain.
Despite burning calories, bathing offers other health benefits as well. According to the Minneapolis-based dermatologist Bailey Lee, MD:
“Although very few of the claims for healing baths are backed by rigorous scientific studies, the anecdotal evidence for their efficacy is abundant.”
The same study conducted by Dr. Faulkner showed that baths around meal times can also lower the blood sugar levels and control the spikes in the blood pressure as well.
In addition, a 2015 study that involved 2315 middle aged men showed that those who spent more time in the sauna had a decreased risk of heart disease, fatal coronary heart disease, sudden cardiac death and all-cause mortality.
Even though saunas are not the same as baths, they offer similar conditions, thus offering similar effects.
Another study done in 2008 found out that elderly patients who soaked in mineral water for half an hour per day had reduced their pain caused from chronic back pain and osteoarthritis.
The psychologist Neil Morris claims that bathing can reduce depression and pessimism:
“Baths give you a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort. It gives us connotations of being in the womb, and it is very comforting.”
Similarly, Dr. John Harcup, chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for the British Spa Foundation, says:
“Overall, bathing induces feelings of comfort and easiness, and that kind of security allows your mind, and subsequently your body, to relax.”
There are a number of reasons why we enjoy hot showers as much as well. They support our health in many different ways as they:
- Lower stress and treat insomnia, since the hot water is a natural sedative.
- Hot showers boost blood circulation and thus loosen the muscles, tissues, tendons, and joints, and relieve pain, muscle tension, and stiffness.
- The hot water and steam opens the pores.
- The steam loosens mucus and phlegm and thus relieves coughs and a sore throat.
Baths offer the same benefits as showers in terms of favorable effects of hot water and steam. For some additional benefits, you can add Epsom salts and essential oils to the water.
Do not be afraid to take some time to enjoy yourself. Fill the bath at the end of the day and have an amazing experience.