If you HATE exercising, but like the idea of, you know, burning a few calories once in a while . . . consider this an early Christmas present.
A new study out of Loughborough University in England found that taking a HOT BATH can give you pretty much all of the same effects as exercising.
The researchers found that a hot bath reduces your blood pressure, gets your metabolism going, AND burns calories.
A half hour in a hot tub burned 140 calories, which is the same as a half hour walk.
Now, a bath doesn’t burn as many calories as more intense exercise, and there are plenty of other health benefits you can only get from exercising . . . but getting into a hot tub is definitely better than nothing.
According to the researchers, your body releases proteins when it’s exposed to exercise OR heat . . . which is why exercise and baths have similar effects.
Here are five bad morning habits that can ruin your day . . .
1. Hitting snooze. You disrupt your sleep cycle, and end up sleepier than if you’d just gotten up in the first place.
2. Checking your phone before you get out of bed. Research from the University of British Columbia found that people who checked email throughout the day were more stressed than people who checked it just three times a day.
And checking Facebook before you get out of bed can cause you to compare your life to your friends, and make you feel jealous and agitated.
3. Putting off exercise. Exercising any time is better than not exercising at all, but research has found that people who exercise in the morning have lower blood pressure and get better sleep.
4. Taking a shower that’s too hot. A hot shower in the morning will raise your body temperature and increase alertness . . . but if the water’s TOO hot it can cause dry, irritated skin that can become inflamed and itchy.
5. Eating a breakfast high in carbs. A donut or muffin makes you more likely to feel sleepy and hungry before lunch. But it’s still better than SKIPPING breakfast, which makes you much more likely to eat more calories later in the day.
Apparently we’re a country of foul-mouthed, nose picking, gas ripping perverts.
God bless America. “Wired” magazine just did a statistical breakdown on the average American’s day.
Here are 11 weird things they found . . .
- We smile 20 times a day.
- Tell 1.65 lies.
- Exercise 17 minutes.
- Pick our nose four times.
- Pass gas 10 times.
- Watch 2.8 hours of TV.
- Pee four to seven times, and poop up to three times.
- Lose 40 to 100 strands of hair.
- Have 1.5 alcoholic drinks.
- Swear 80 times.
- And get engorged 11 times . . . if you’re a guy, that is.
And just for fun here’s a video that screams ‘merica
BusinessInsider.com just analyzed Census data to figure out how the average American spends their day. Here’s the full breakdown . . .
- Sleeping, eight hours and 48 minutes.
- Working, three hours and 36 minutes. That’s because weekends and unemployed people pull the average way down.
- Watching TV, two hours and 49 minutes.
- Doing stuff around the house, one hour and 46 minutes.
- Leisure activities like surfing the internet, one hour and 29 minutes.
- Eating and drinking, one hour and 10 minutes.
- Personal care, including showering, 47 minutes.
- Shopping, 44 minutes.
- Taking care of and helping other people, 43 minutes.
- Socializing and communicating, 43 minutes.
- Activities like going to church, 33 minutes.
- Education, 25 minutes.
- Exercise and sports, 17 minutes.
- Communicating over the phone, text, and email, eight minutes.
(That comes out to about 24 hours and nine minutes, because of rounding.)
This is one of those stories that sounds like AMAZING news but gets less and less amazing with every detail. But that’s a spoiler . . . for a few brief, shining moments, bask in the glory of this sentence:
Chocolate is better for you than exercise!
Now that you’ve heard it . . . time to kill your dreams.
Chocolate contains a chemical compound called flavanols. Researchers at Columbia University and New York University found that a large dose of them were better for the brain than exercising.
They increased the blood flow to the brain, improved people’s memory, and made them sharper overall.
BUT . . . it took a TON of flavanols to do it. The researchers used a concentrated form of cocoa powder for the test. To get the effects at home, you’d have to eat 44 POUNDS of chocolate in a DAY.
And while that’s better for your BRAIN than exercise . . . it’s exponentially worse for your body. So . . . until we can get our hands on that concentrated cocoa powder, this study basically has no effect on our lives.
(Oxford University Press)