If you’re looking for a way to cut down your risk of cardiovascular disease, but don’t want to workout more than you already are…or even at all…there’s one incredibly simple thing you can do. TAKE A BATH!
Seriously.According to researchers at Loughborough University in the UK, a nice, hot bath raises the body temperature the same as if you’re working out. That causes an inflammatory response in the body that’s similar to if you were in training mode.
There’s a protein in your blood called IL-6. That protein “triggers a series of anti-inflammatory reactions that help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.” That’s according to Christof Leicht, who co-authored the study. Sitting in a hot bath raises the core temperature and increases the IL-6 concentration. While those who took part in the survey spent an hour of hot tubbing time, they say doing in three times each week for 20 minutes would have positive blood sugar effects for you.
Source: Men’s Journal