Soaking In A Hot Bath Can Burn As Many Calories As A 30-Minute Walk

There's no getting round it, exercise is bloody effort.

Yep, hitting the gym is pretty great for your heart, your mind and your soul, but sitting on your bum on the sofa watching rubbish telly is just as rewarding, right?

Well, if you are always struggling between finding the motivation to get active or to binge watch an entire series on Netflix, then you may be pretty happy to hear that all you need to do is head upstairs and run yourself a lovely hot bath.


It might sound contradictory, but relaxing in a hot tub of water can actually burn just as many calories as a 30-minute walk.

And before you ask, yes, it is according to science.

In a study carried out by Loughborough University and published in the journal Temperature, 14 men were sent out on a one-hour bicycle ride, and they were also given a one-hour soak in a bath tub with a water temperature of 40C.

While the researchers discovered that the hour-long bike ride burnt off more calories (obviously), relaxing in a bath also burn a pretty huge 130 calories.

And the latter figure is actually the same as what you lose on a 30-minute walk. Impressive stuff!

It is thought that the increase in body temperature is what caused those taking part in the study to burn off these calories. The goal of the study was to raise the core temperature by one degree centigrade.


Each participant then had their blood sugar tracked for 24 hours after the test, and it was discovered that it was 10 per cent lower when a bath was taken in place of a bike ride.

The research also suggested that 'passive heating' reduces inflammation.


Soak in the tub or a session at the gym? It's a no-brainer, really!

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Rachel Andrews

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