It’s Almost as Good as Exercising
We did say almost, so don’t cancel your gym membership yet. However, soaking in a hot bath for an hour raises your body’s temperature. It can burn about 140 calories. Just to put things in perspective — you burn as many calories when you walk for half an hour. According to exercise physiologists, hot baths can also help regulate blood sugar levels.
It’s Good for Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be caused by various factors including poor dietary choices, hormone problems, or even bad genetics. But using heat (like a 20-minute-long seating in a warm bath, for example) can help that. The heat expands your blood vessels and lets the blood flow more freely. By the way, going into a wooded area and spending some time around trees sometimes has a similar effect.
It Sharpens the Mind
A nice, hot bubble bath can help relieve muscle pain and help you feel more relaxed. But did you know that it can simply help you feel less tired? That’s not us, it’s science, and it’s called balneotherapy: immersing yourself in a hot mineral bath (or mineral mud if you can afford the spa treatment).
It Helps Your Immune System
Though sitting in the sun for too long can be harmful, raising your body’s temperature can greatly boost your overall health. The way to do it is obviously, by soaking in a hot bath. When your temperatures are elevated this way, it can improve the overall function of your immune and respiratory systems, making it easier for you to battle viruses or even a common cold.
It Helps You Sleep Better
People have different rituals to help them relax before they go to sleep. Those rituals may include having a cup of tea, reading a book, or cuddling with a loved one. Unsurprisingly, a good bubble bath merges beautifully into this pre-sleep routine and improves the quality of your sleep.