This is the best news. EVER!
That's right! Science says forget the gym, because a hot bath might be just as effective as exercise when it comes to your health.
Researchers at Loughborough University have found that a hot bath is not only relaxing, but it may actually have similar benefits to a work out thanks to “passive heating.”
AND it could also help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Scientist's compared the effect of a hot bath on blood sugar control and the number of calories burned versus exercise.
Participants were tested after an hour-long bath at 40˚ Celsius and an hour-long bike ride.
Unsurprisingly, the bike ride burned more calories, but the bath burned as many calories as a 30-minute brisk walk.
Dr Steve Faulkner, the head researcher, said: "Passive heating may contribute to reducing chronic inflammation, which is often present with long-term diseases, such as type 2 diabetes."
So if you're not feeling up to the gym today, just go home and have bath!