Taking a Hot Bath May Burn as Many Calories as a Run, Researchers Say

If you were about to force yourself out on a run, stop where you are for a minute because a bath might be just as effective as exercise when it comes to your health. Dr. Steve Faulkner, a researcher at Loughborough University, says bathing may have similar benefits to exercising, including helping to prevent type 2 diabetes. He explained that, though a hot bath has always been relaxing, it’s only recently that science has begun to discover how “passive heating” can improve health. Dr. Faulkner and his team have investigated the effect of a hot bath on blood sugar control and the number of calories burned. The study involved 14 people each enjoying an hour-long soak in a bath run at 104 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as heading out on a hour-long bike ride. Though biking did burn more calories, they found that a hot bath used up as many calories as a 30-minute walk.

This is too good to be true, right?