You Can Literally Take A Bath Instead Of Exercising And Lose Just As Much Weight

You Can Literally Take A Bath Instead Of Exercising And Lose Just As Much Weight

It’s one of the unfair truths of the world that eating like crap and being lazy don’t make you skinny and hot. I know, it doesn’t make sense, right? Why does skipping the gym feel so good if it doesn’t also make you look good? I know that no matter how hard I try to convince myself to go, I’m always going to end up skipping the gym, and so for years, I’d resigned myself to a less-than-ideal physique. Little did I know that all I had to do was run a bath and I’d have a six-pack in no time.

An absolute genius researcher at Loughborough University, Dr. Steve Faulkner, decided to look into just how many calories you can burn by taking a hot bath, and thank goodness he did. In addition to preventing Type II diabetes, taking a hot bath for an hour literally burns the same amount of calories as going on a half hour walk. According to people smarter than me, this works by “passive heating” – essentially, instead of raising your body temperature through exercise, you can just hop in the bathtub instead and it’s essentially the same as going to a gym.

Your body really needs to heat up for this to work, so you’ll still be sweating out some calories in a 104-degree tub. Regardless, this is a compromise I’m more than willing to make, considering I can lay in the tub with a book and a glass of wine instead of dragging myself to my apartment gym, where I hear that consuming alcohol while on the treadmill is frowned upon. Now all I have to do is convince myself that baths are actually worth taking, and I’ll be on my way to Instagram model status in no time at all.

[via Cosmopolitan]

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RecruitmentChairTSM (@TheRecruitChair) is a contributing writer for Total Sorority Move. This current grad student and ex-sorority girl survives solely on Diet Coke and the tears of the pledges she personally victimized. She's a Monica, a Marnie, a Miranda, and a Regina. Her favorite hobbies include drinking $14 bottles of wine and binge-watching season 2 of Grey's Anatomy until she cries. You can send her annoying e-mails at [email protected]

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