A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH
The latest research suggests a hot bath could wash away your risk of heart trouble
When was the last time you had a bath? Not an ice bath, but a nice bath. Weeks? Months? To many, it’s a time-consuming indulgence you can do without. But, according to a University of Oregon study, there are genuine benefits to a long soak. Regular hot baths can lower blood pressure, which, when too high, is a common precursor to heart disease. “Passive heat therapy” – or bubble bathing, as we prefer to call it – raises the concentration of nitric oxide in your blood to dilate vessels. Separate research suggests that repeated exposure to hot water improves endothelial function, which means the lining of your blood vessels work better to stifle an increased CVD risk as you age.
Similarly, Loughborough University scientists researched the potential health benefits of transforming into a prune. By raising your core temperature by 1°C, a bath can burn 140 calories – the same amount as a half-hour walk.
Indeed, one study found that when enjoyed three times a week, you’ll see an extra kilo effortlessly washed away every month – thus reducing your risk of heart-harming obesity.
All of which makes bathing the most relaxing way to lower your health risks yet. So get running. If anyone asks about the scented candles, tell them Men’s Health said so.
SINK YOUR CVD RISK AND LET CALORIES DRAIN AWAY WITH EASE