Having a bubble bath burns 140 calories, researchers reveal
Hate exercise but really need to get into shape? Well, you're in luck.
According to new research, there's a way to burn off 140 calories in the comfort of your own home, and it couldn't be easier.
A study carried out by Nottingham Trent University found all you need to do is lie back and enjoy a nice, hot bubble bath.
"When you get into a hot bath, your body has to try to prevent itself from overheating,” said Dr Steve Faulkner, an exercise physiologist at Nottingham Trent University.
“It does this by widening blood vessels to try to transfer some of the heat from the blood into the surrounding atmosphere. This change then has an impact on blood pressure, so to maintain stable pressure, your heart rate increases, too.”
The health benefits of taking a bath are thought to stem from this reaction to heat.
Astonishingly, an hour-long soak burns approximately the same amount of calories as a half-hour walk.
In the study, half of the volunteers had a hot bath at 40C while the others did an hour of cycling.
Not surprisingly, the cycling group burned more calories – however, Dr Faulkner also found the hot bath helped to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and improve their quality of sleep.
While the results will please those who detest going to the gym, Dr Faulkner warned that people still need to do proper exercise regularly.
"It's not a shortcut to fitness or a replacement for exercise," he said.
"It can mimic some of the benefits of exercise but not everything.
"But for people who can't exercise, perhaps because of a specific health condition or disability, it could be a useful option."
Better get those taps running.