By Southern Living
April 4, 2017

We all could use a few hours of relaxing with a nice book and a glass of wine in the tub, but did you know that there are real health benefits to your favorite pastime? Turns out that drawing a hot bath could actually help you lose weight. A study at Loughborough University tested out the theory that taking warm baths could help lower your calorie count by putting 14 men through two different experiments. In one group, the men did a one-hour bicycle ride. In the second group, the men took a one-hour bath. The goal of the study was to raise the body's core temperature by one degree. The cycling burned many more calories than those who had a hot bath, but researchers did come up with surprising result – relaxing in the bath burned around 130 calories, or a similar amount to what you'd burn in a 30-minute walk. As it turns out, passive heating – like relaxing in a warm bath – can help reduce inflammation in the body. A 2015 study in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal also reported that passive heating in saunas can have a similar effect. Although not enough to replace your daily exercise, we certainly wouldn't be opposed to taking a few more relaxing soaks to counteract the work week.

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