We are totally on board with Harpers Bazaar article on the benefits of a hot soak. If you've ever shunned a session of HIIT in exchange for a good old-fashioned soak, rest assured, you probably didn't do yourself any harm.
In fact, research suggests that taking a hot bath actually simulates many of the same health benefits triggered by exercise, perhaps suggesting that you should spend more time relaxing and less time hitting the pavement.
How do we know this? Researchers at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Loughborough in the UK recruited 14 men and assigned them to either an hour of cycling or an hour-long bath (we know which one we'd choose) and concluded that those who spent their time soaking achieved similar health benefits to those who exercised.
While the cyclers naturally burnt more energy, interestingly, the bathers still burned an average of 140 calories—about the same as going for a 30-minute walk. Additionally, researchers say those that took a bath had the same improved ability to control blood sugar as the cyclers did.
"Many cultures swear by the benefits of a hot bath, but only recently has science began to understand how passive heating improves health." Steve Faulkner, lead author of the study (as opposed to getting hot and sweaty from exercise).
Though more research clearly needs to be done, for now, it seems there's never been a better excuse to get soaking. We recommend upgrading your soak style with Louvelle's range of stylish shower wear and adding our Blackberry & Rose Salt Soak to your bath. Magnesium salts are known to de-bloat and promote detoxification, plus your bathroom will smell like a spa.