This has sparked conversation and even debate since the findings have been revealed, though, as many wonder if this is a productive nugget of information or if it will merely serve as an excuse for people to cease working out as they should.
Passive heat, in the past, has been cited as having many benefits on the body.
It has the ability to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, specifically in men, increase overall cardiovascular function, treat high blood pressure, improve peripheral circulation in those suffering from type 2 diabetes, and even positively affect metabolic rates through the control of blood sugar.
So, these studies and findings have certainly been interesting, revealing, and productive.
The study conducted by Loughborough University. There, researchers worked to study“the effect of passive heating on heat shock protein 70 and interleukin-6”.
That means that the effect of immersion in a hot tub could have effects that are comparable to that of mild exercise, such as a short walk around the park.
However, this “hot tub diet” has been called a “lazy person’s dream,” which is frustrating to those who are committed to working out and putting in effort to achieving a healthy body.
And as of now, the jury is still out as to whether or not this is a productive way to actually get in shape and be healthier. After all, the study only observed 12 men, so there is still work to be done to solidify the findings.
The University suggests that they will continue to investigate the findings in order to discover further healing powers of heat and the overall ability to help humans burn calories.
Interestingly, they did not cite how long individuals should soak in a jacuzzi in order to achieve the desired results that they noted in their study.
So, for now, although it is tempting to skip the gym to soak in a luxurious hot tub, we suggest continuing to stick to your fitness regime. Take a look at some workouts we suggest rather than soaking in your hot tub (although if you want to do that after, it couldn’t hurt!):
- Going for a half an hour walk, burning up to 140 calories
- Taking a yoga class, which can burn up to 500 calories (depending on the class length and type)
- Gardening for a half an hour, which can burn up to 500 calories – believe it or not!
- Jump rope for 42 minutes, burning up to 500 calories
- Do 20 minutes of rock-climbing, burning up to 250 calories
- Bowl for an hour, burning up to 250 calories
- Play an hour of frisbee at the park to burn up to 300 calories
We will be sure to keep you updated on the findings surrounding this out of the box fitness regime as they become available, but for now – hit the gym!