Taking A Long Hot Bath Burns More Calories Than Running

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Health and Fitness On 21st April 2018

According to the researcher at Loughborough University, You can lose weight without exercise.

The researchers examined the theory with 14 unfit men into two activity groups a one-hour bicycle ride and a one-hour bath in 104-degree-Fahrenheit water, to record changes in their blood sugar and track the calories they burned.


A hot bath is more effective

After 24 hours of the test, they found spending an hour in the bath was more effective at lowering blood sugar levels than cycling. Spending time in hot water also helped with inflammation.


Cycling burned more calories But relaxing in the bath still burned 130 calories which were completely unexpected.

Dr. Faulkner said:

"We discovered the participants who bathed had, on average, 10 percent lower peak glucose levels in comparison to the exercise, which was completely unexpected."

"The amount our blood sugar rises after a meal is one of the risk markers for things like developing type 2 diabetes, so keeping it down can be good for our health."

Warm baths not only burn calories but likewise increases your metabolic rate.

"As well as the cardiovascular effects of passive heating, there is evidence to suggest that there may be beneficial metabolic effects as well—such as better control of blood sugar."


Passive heating can affect proteins which help regulate blood sugar in the body.

Dr. Faulkner added: 'We think the reason is that the bath may encourage the release of heat shock proteins, which may help lower blood sugar levels by improving insulin controlled glucose uptake.

"However, although these findings are interesting, we would always encourage increased physical activity and exercise as the best way to maintain good health."

Weight loss

As Rob Leiby, a Virgin Active personal trainer added:

"Weight loss is all about a calorie deficit. There will be some benefits such as reducing inflammation and decreasing blood sugar slightly but again it all comes back to the fact that the best method is always, always, always proper training mixed with a good diet and enough sleep – all these other ways are just crap compared to that."

Another act of passive heating

According to another study in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal from 2015 Spending time in a sauna could help fend off cardiovascular diseases.