We all know the benefits of exercise and how it keeps us fit and healthy. A lot of us even draw up plans on how we will go about things, but not everyone actually has the dedication or determination to stick to the oh-so-perfect plan. If you too are one of those people, this might just be your thing.
Researchers at Loughborough University studied the effect of a hot bath on metabolism and the number of calories burned. Fourteen men took part in the study and they were given an option of either cycling for an hour or soaking in a hot bath of 40 degree Celsius for the same time. The activities were decided in such a way that the body temperature would rise by 1 degree Celsius.
It was found that though cycling burned more calories than a hot bath, bathing burnt as many calories as a 30-minute walk would.
However, this is not the first time that researchers have found the benefits of a hot bath. In a study conducted in 2015, it was found that frequent sauna bathing could reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke in men.
Meanwhile, if you are not someone who is fond of soaking in a hot bath for long, here are a few other ways in which you can burn calories.
Fidgeting might annoy some people, but it is known to help burn calories. A research by the US Mayo Clinic showed that people who fidget burn calories about 10 times more that the people who do not fidget.
Walk while on a call
We all talk for hours on the phone. While catching up with someone might be fun, why not make it beneficial to health as well. Walking and talking for an hour is said to burn over 180 calories.
Household chores might not be the most fun and interesting thing to do, nevertheless they have to be done sooner or later. For instance, vacuuming for an hour burns about 100 calories, according to Health and mowing the lawn for about 20 minutes with a push-mower burns more calories than walking.
Gulp down ice-cold water
Gulping down ice-cold water is known to boost metabolism. "Eight glasses of water, spaced well through the day, gives a metabolic boost that equals approximately 25 calories per glass," Janice Taylor, weight loss coach, author and creator of the Kick in the Tush Club, told NBC New York.
Opt for an exercise ball instead of a chair
While doing desk-work, opt for an exercise ball instead of a chair. The instability of the exercise ball will require you to constantly balance yourself thus increasing your core strength.