While most adults shy away, baths aren't just for kids. A warm dip can literally boost your mood and energize your body, all in the matter of minutes. Not convinced? These seven reasons will get you to switch on the faucet and settle in for a nice, long soak — with or without a rubber ducky.
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While it won't replace going out for a run, a hot bath uses more energy than you think, according to recent research by Loughborough University. The small study found an hour-long dip burns as many calories as a 30-minute walk by raising your core body temperature.
If you do hit the gym, try hitting the tub right after. Athletes and arthritis sufferers alike swear by baths, saying the magnesium sulfate crystals help soothe aches and pains. their benefits, but some suspect . Either way, it's worth a shot.
The shower's obviously no place for a stack of magazines. The best place to unplug (and maybe sip a glass of wine) usually involves some good, ol' bubble bath.
Despite common belief, baths can be good for your skin — as long as you moisturize right away. Applying cream within minutes of exiting the tub locks in water, hydrating your skin and soothing eczema, says the .
can wreck havoc on your body, but a healthy diet, regular exercise and a hot bath may help. Research in the linked bathing in high temps with better blood sugar levels.
Soothing lavender or uplifting citrus, these come in every scent — and color! — under the sun. Get your zen on by popping one in the bath (but if you observe any irritation or itchiness).
Bath lovers already know this one, but there's research supporting it too. Lavender-scented soaks improve psychological well-being, according to a by the University of Wolverhampton. "Baths give you the chance to stop the day for a few minutes, in a way that showers can't," lead author Neil Morris said. "There is a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet and comfort." We couldn't agree more.