A hot bath could help you burn calories

By Susana Victoria Perez, Buzz60

A hot bath after a long day sounds like the perfect way to relax and unwind, but did you know it could have the benefits of a workout?

A research study at Loughborough University in the U.K. found that an hour-long hot bath could burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk, an amazing new discovery on "passive heating."

According to the journal The Conversation, the research involved 14 men taking a one hour-long soak in a hot bath at 104˚F or an hour of cycling.

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They measured the calories burned by each man after each activity as well as their blood sugar control.

The hour of cycling burned more calories, but the long hot soak burned 140 calories.

Its no wonder many cultures swear by the benefits of saunas and hot baths!

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