Great News! A Hot Bath Could Have Similar Benefits To Exercise

This is not a drill. A steamy bath could have a couple of health benefits similar to those produced by exercise, according to a recent study.

Research published in the journal Temperature found that an hour-long soak in hot water produced similar anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses as 60 minutes of moderate physical activity.

Sound too good to be true? While the research on these effects is still preliminary, there is a plausible explanation for this.

It seems that activities that increase heat shock proteins may help to improve blood sugar control and offer an alternative to exercise,” lead study author Steve Faulkner from Loughborough University wrote. “These activities ― such as soaking in a hot tub or taking a sauna ― may have health benefits for people who are unable to exercise regularly.”

A team from the U.K.’s National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine examined 14 lean and overweight men and analyzed their metabolic health (a function that helps in regulating blood sugar). The participants were either assigned to an hour-long session of cycling or an hour-long session in a 104-degree bath.

The scientists discovered that both groups were better able to control their blood sugar levels in the 24 hours following the activities ― and the bathers perhaps were even better off: Their peak blood sugar levels after eating following their soak were approximately 10 percent lower than the peak blood sugar levels of those who exercised.

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Exercising for just an hour a week lowers risk of diabetes

 

  • Increasing the amount or intensity of weight training did not lower risk further
  • Resistance exercise combined with aerobic exercise saw greatest benefit
  • Whether you do cardio or not, weight training is recommended, say experts
  • Two 30-minute sessions per week of resistance exercise has the best effect
  • 1 in 4 UK adults has diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity combined 
  • This was the first study to look at resistance exercise and metabolic syndrome

 

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Why a vegetarian diet can help you lose more weight than just cutting calories

Eating more greens, grains, legumes, fruits, and nuts can rev your metabolism, melt fat around your muscles, and help you drop more pounds.

We’ll bet that, like a lot of guys, you count yourself among the Fred Flintstones of the world: a carnivorous caveman who’d rather gnaw on a T-bone than spear lettuce leaves. Vegetarianism is foreign to you—unappealing and nonsensical for your muscle-building aspirations.

But guess what? You can build just as much lean muscle on plants. And you won’t starve either: Vegetarian staples like beans and peas are more filling than meat.

 

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Exercise: The secret to aging slowly

You have all heard the benefits of regular exercise. It will lower your blood pressure, strengthen your heart, and reduce stress in your life, but there is another great benefit. Exercise actually slows the ageing process, preserving your youth right down to your DNA.

Slows Biological Aging

In one study conducted recently by Brigham Young University, researchers found that people who exercise regularly at a moderate to high intensity actually have longer telomeres in their DNA.

 

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Rising Obesity Now Affects 1 In 10 People Worldwide, Fueling Illness, Death

Obesity is a “rising pandemic” afflicting one in 10 people around the world, causing health problems and premature deaths, according to a new study.

Obesity rates have risen over the last three decades in the 195 countries examined by the sweeping study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Monday. In more than 70 countries, including the United States, obesity rates at least doubled from 1980 to 2015. The world’s population of 7.5 billion now includes more than 2 billion people who are overweight or obese, according to the study.

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