There’s nothing like soaking in a warm bath after a long hard day, right? Well, in case you’ve been trying to shed a few extra pounds, here’s some great news: you could be killing two birds with one stone without even knowing it!
A 2017 study at Loughborough University revealed that when you take a hot bath, your body burns as many calories as it would during a 30-minute walk! The researchers had 14 male participants ride a bike for one hour and spend one hour soaking in a hot bath with water at 104°F.
The scientists then measured how many calories the men had burnt during each session. It turned out that the bicycle ride did burn more calories than a steamy bath, but simply relaxing in warm water still made the men lose 130 calories. You can burn the same amount of calories if you take a walk for half an hour. I don’t know about you, but I think I’ve found my new exercise routine! But, of course, there is a catch.
Since all the participants in this study were only men, it’s still unknown if the results would be the same for women because, well, their bodies differ a lot, ya know! I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if they do the same study on women too! And in case you’re not a fan of spending so much time in the tub (not to mention that water bill that comes with your new exercise regimen!), there are plenty of other ways to burn calories without having to make any changes in your diet or breaking a sweat at the gym, for example:
1. A shopping spree!
Forget about feeling guilty for blowing money at the mall yet again. According to research by leading British retailer Debenhams, UK women walk, on average, a whopping 154 miles per year while shopping, which is about as much as doing 5 marathons!
The researchers calculated that around 3 hours of shopping could help burn 495 calories. And get this: shoppers usually take 7,305 steps when they hit the stores. Add to that the weight of bags full of new stylish garments, and you get a workout worthy of the gym. So, go ahead, shop till you drop all that excess weight! Just try to stay away from the food court to avoid taking all those calories right back in…
Genuine laughter is like a mini cardio workout for the body. It makes your heart beat faster by 10 to 20%, and, according to a 2007 study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, laughing for 10 to 15 minutes burns between 10 and 40 calories. That’s not much, I know. But laughing intensely for an hour can burn as many calories as lifting weights for 30 minutes.
It also increases your metabolism, which means you’ll keep burning calories once you manage to stop giggling. Plus, have you ever had sore abs after a good laugh sesh? That’s gotta mean something! So, feel free to binge on your favorite sitcoms!
3. Scary movies
Not into comedies? That’s ok, horror movies will also do the trick! That’s what researchers from the University of Westminster found in 2012. They asked 10 people to watch 10 different scary movies while monitoring their heart rate among other things.
The top calorie-scorching movie turned out to be the classic horror flick The Shining starring Jack Nicholson. Did you ever see that one, by the way? Let me know down in the comments! I’m a sucker for a good Stephen King movie! Anyway, the person who watched it burned 184 calories! The study’s author Dr. Richard Mackenzie explained that it’s all because of the adrenaline rush scary movies release in your body.
4. Having a pet.
Still on the fence about whether or not you should get a dog? Well, besides the fact that they’re just awesome pets that’ll bring real joy to your life, a canine companion will also help you stay in shape! Walking the dog for an hour burns as much as 250 calories. (And even more if you play a game of fetch!)
Your furry friend is always full of energy, so by simply running alongside it, you can get a really nice calorie-burn. And what comes after a fun (and a bit messy) walk? That’s right – bath time! Every time you give your dog a bath, you can shed up to 200 calories. Thanks, Fido!
Who are my fellow fidgeters, out there? Well, congratulations are in order because when you shake your foot during a meeting or simply tap your fingers on the desk, you’re moving your body. And, as we all know, moving means that some calories get burnt.
In 2008, researchers from Iowa State University calculated how many calories you lose while doing so and came up with a pretty shocking number: an astounding 600 calories! That’s how many you burn if you sit all day fidgeting. If you stand and fidget, then you can burn even more: up to 900! Well, what can I say? Keep tapping, folks!
Ah, yes, my favorite “exercise” in the whole wide world! When you snooze, your body is actually pretty busy repairing cells, renewing tissue, and cleaning out toxins. That’s why an 8-hour sleep burns a whopping 500 calories! Even a short 30-minute nap can help you lose 28 calories. On the flipside, not getting enough sleep might be the reason why you crave unhealthy food.
A 2004 study carried out by scientists from Stanford University revealed that sleep deprivation disrupts the appetite-regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin, making you wanna munch on junk food throughout the day. I always knew sleep is the best thing ever!
Speaking of munching, when you chew, your jaw muscles work super hard. Chewing, along with swallowing and digesting, burns about 140 calories per hour. Ok, let’s get real, not many of us have the time to eat for a whole hour. But chewing gum is a totally different thing that you can do for quite a long time!
According to one study from back in 1999, you burn 11 calories while chewing gum for an hour. Not much, I agree. But, hey, if you wanna get slimmer, everything counts, right? Just make sure you choose sugar-free gum because, obviously, you don’t need those extra calories. Plus, it’s better for your teeth!
8. Playing games.
Even though watching TV or reading a book for an hour burns 35 calories, it’s better to choose activities that make you focus your attention and use your brain. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School say that doing Sudoku will make you shed 110 calories an hour!
And if you have kids or young relatives (or you and your adult friends are kids at heart!), you can burn even more simply by playing hopscotch or dodgeball with them – up to 210 calories in an hour. You can lose the same amount of calories if you play Just Dance Now for an hour. So, get your loved ones together and just have fun!
Do you dread doing the household chores? Yeah, I feel ya, especially ironing, ugh! Well, maybe you’ll do it with a little more enthusiasm next time now that you know that 60 minutes of ironing (which is the average amount of time you need to make all your clothes smooth and tidy on laundry day) is all it takes to blast away 100 calories.
A slimmer figure and wrinkle-free clothes to show it off, now that’s what I’m talking about! Which of these activities do you do most often? Let me know down in the comments! Don’t forget to rate this article “A hot bath burns as many calories as a 30 minute walk” by Bright Side and share it with your friends!
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