Study: A hot bath burns calories

23 June, 2022
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Study: A hot bath burns calories

When you take a break for self-care, such as getting a massage, doing yoga or listening to music… Scientists have proven that both of these activities are a boon to our bodies and brains and are far from a waste of time, according to new research from Loughborough University. , confirms that relaxing in a hot bath can burn as many calories as walking for 30 minutes, about 140 calories, according to what was published by the eatingwell website.

Scientists explain that it's all about basal body temperature, and what effect it has on the body's metabolic rate. To determine this, researchers tracked 14 men to cycle for 60 minutes or sit in a 104-degree Fahrenheit bath for 60 minutes. Their goal was to customize those activities. Specifically, the participants' basal body temperature was raised by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit during that hour. They tracked 60-minute calorie burn, and they also measured blood sugar levels 24 hours later.

The 60-minute session burned a lot of calories, but the hot bath definitely wasn't unimportant just sitting around burns about 50 calories an hour or so, which means relaxing in a fun bathtub burns quite a few calories, causing shower time as well. Its anti-inflammatory response is similar to that achieved after exercise.


This suggests that frequent passive heating such as sitting in a hot bath or sauna may contribute to reducing chronic inflammation, which is often associated with long-term illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes.  Another study published in the Journal of Physiology found that regular hot baths over an 8-week period can lower blood pressure, possibly due to increased levels of nitric oxide (which dilates blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure).


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