When you come back from work after 8 hours it can be very difficult to try and exercise. You are tired, stressed out and you’ve been working for 8 hours. One of the most appealing ways to spend your time might be only a short 30 minute walk. We all know that exercising is very important, but you can burn calories in different ways as well.

In this article you will learn more about hydrotherapy and its benefits, based on a study which proved that 60 minutes in a hot bath can help you to burn up to 130 calories and help you to achieve your fitness goals.

You can burn calories with a bath

Dr. Faulkner in a study from 2016 observed 14 lean and obese males and they all did one hour of moderate cycling or they had a bath in water that was 104°F hot. Both groups forced their body to burn fat while resting and the group who bathed burned even 79% more calories than the ones who were sitting on the couch.

On the other side, the group who biking for 1 hour managed to burn nearly 750% more calories than the group who rested. This means that exercising is still the best way to lose far and to get an amazing body, while bathing might be accessible to those who are usually stressed, tired and have muscle pain and to those who cannot exercise on a daily basis.

Hot Water and its benefits

Bathing can have positive health benefits to our skin, heart and muscles as well and can help for different health problems.

Reduce Blood Sugar Levels

In the above mention study from 2016, Dr. Faulkner discovered that bathing for 60 minutes in water with temperature of 104°F before eating can help for regulation of the blood sugar levels much better than exercising right after the meal. The effects are not going to last during the entire day. However, if you take a bath before the meal you will lower the dangerous increase of the blood sugar level and you will not use medication.

This means that bathing can help people who suffer from type 2 diabetes and people who are at risk of high blood sugar.

Heart Problems

One study from 2015 that was conducted on sauna bathing discovered that people who use sauna and spent more time in it have less chances and reduced risk of:

– Fatal coronary disease
– All-cause mortality
– Sudden cardiac death
– Cardiovascular disease

Even though sauna is not the same as bathing, it has the same effect. They are humid, hot and people relax when they are inside. It was not researched why they have this effect; however, it suggests that certain conditions related with hot baths could reduce the risk of a heart disease that might be fatal.

Hot Showers and Its Health Benefits

One of the best feelings after a stressed day is a long and nice shower. The question is: why is that so?
Hot showers can help your body in different ways:

• If you clean your skin with water and hot steam the pores will open up and the toxins will be rinsed out.
• By improving the circulation you will loosens tendons, joints, muscles and tissues, which will help you to ease the pain and thus reduce inflammation.
• If you warm up before a workout you will loosen the muscles and improve the blood low.
• With hot water you will relieve the stiffness and you will relax your muscles.
• Relieving coughs: you can loosen the mucus and phlegm by using steam.
• Decrease insomnia and stress because hot water is a natural sedative and it can calm your mind, nerves and body.

There are different benefits of steam and hot water. Baths can also help by dousing the muscles, pores and the steam from the bath can help you to get a respiratory relief.

Bathing for the Elderly

One study from 2008 showed that older patients who had a hot bath for half an hour reduced the chronic back pain and study did this for 3 months. This study testifies that baths are amazing for reducing of severe pain, and it is efficient alternative to more invasive medications.

Homemade Bath Bombs

You will need:

– Citric acid which is responsible for the fizzy reaction.
– Baking soda that is important and crucial part of to the citric acid and the fizzing reaction.
– Arrowroot or corn starch that will give you the silky feel. If you use arrowroot the feeling won’t be so silky as if you would use corn starch.
– Liquid: you can use regular water or if you want something special use witch hazel.
– Salt: you can use regular salt or Epsom salt.
– Oil: go with something simple like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil.
– Colors and scents: you can choose essential oil by choice or dried herbs if you want. Add natural die to change the color if you wish.

Once you know which ingredients you should use you can choose and make a bath bomb according to your needs.

This is our example:

• About 1 cup of baking soda
• ½ cup of citric acid
• ½ cup of sea salt
• ¾ of a cup of corn starch
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• 2 teaspoons of water
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 30-40 drops of tea tree essential oil

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients, mix well and add them in the dry ingredients and stir well. The mixture should hold together when you squeeze it and if the consistency is not right you can add a little bit of water. Add the mixture in molds and leave it for 24 hours before using it. Once it is completely dry, you can keep it in a bag and use it for maximum of 2 weeks.

You have to remember that bathing alone is not going to help burn calories as you might think, but it is rather relaxing alternative and it can protect your heart and prevent complications because of type 2 diabetes. It is quite easy to include this in your lifestyle and it is even easier to have a relaxing bath before going to bed. Enjoy it.

Reference:

  1. wellnessmama.com