A study found that a hot bath to have similar benefits as exercise. Both make the body become hot and burn more calories.
The study recruited a group of participants to test the effects of a hot bath was done by Steve Faulkner from Loughborough University, England. The participants are connected continuously to monitor that records blood sugar levels as well as a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the body.
In the first study, participants were asked to shower for an hour in hot water having a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius and the intake of snacks afterwards. In the second part, participants cycled for an hour session.
The findings suggest that a hot bath for a long time to burn 140 calories which is equivalent to a 30 minute stroll. Although not burn as many calories as cycling, namely 630 calories, Faulkner says it can burn a lot of energy.
"What we found is that the peak glucose decreases after a bath, about 10 percent lower than the exercise," said Faulkner.
According to him, the condition was backed release of heat shock protein secreted by the body in response to heat. However, Faulkner said the release can also be triggered by other things such as sports, inflammation, and infection.
In another study, Faulkner analyzed 2,300 middle-aged men for an average of 20 years. He found that the results of the use of steam reduces the risk of death from stroke or heart attack.
Half of the number of people to the sauna once a week dies during the study period. Meanwhile, those who visit the sauna two to three times a week carrying as much as 38 percent died during the study period, reported by the Indian Express