Surely you don’t need to convince us that taking a bath is a good idea, but with rumors swirling around that bathtime may have benefits beyond the basics, we felt it was important to dig a little deeper. While there’s no doubt that being clean is good for your overall health, it turns out that science is finding some big-time health perks to your soaking.
While a long bath may not be doable (or even desirable) on an everyday basis, it’s worth taking the time regularly to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of submerging yourself in a steamy bath. (Always check with your doctor regarding your health and wellness).
Here are just some of the ways your bath time brings out the best in your overall wellness:
- Have you heard the rumors that a warm bath can be as good for you as a workout? It’s not all wishful thinking according to several studies that found immersing yourself in a warm bath can simulate the effects of exercises like walking, jogging, or cycling.
The heat from sinking into a warm bath has been shown to elevate heart rate, blood flow, and overall body temperature, which are all also elevated when you exercise. Check with your doctor to see if bath benefits can improve your cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, inflammation, and even help diabetes patients lower blood sugar. If there’s even a chance at experiencing these health benefits it’s totally worth making time for a luxurious bath! (Always call your doctor or seek emergency medical care for any cardiovascular concerns and for diabetes management.)
- Looking to breathe easier? Turns out, a hot bath might help with that as well. The hot steam from your bath can clear your sinuses and chest, making bath time especially rewarding when you’re feeling a little under the weather.
- Feeling tight? A bath is the perfect remedy for pain and tension in your muscles, joints, and bones. Soaking in a hot tub may lower inflammation, allowing you to bring ease back into your body. Check with your doctor if warm baths can offer relief if you’re suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia, too.
As an added benefit, soaking in a warm tub can reduce stress, which also may cause tightening of muscles. Those experiencing physical or mental strains may find relief during and after a long, relaxing bath.
- For those struggling to sleep when their head hits the pillow, a pre-bedtime bath may be the answer to insomnia. Simply schedule your bath for about 90 minutes before you hope to sleep, then let the hot water change your body’s core temperature (as it does naturally).
When you finish your soak, your lower core temperature helps signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. Not only will you fall asleep quicker, but you may even experience a higher quality of sleep. (If insomnia is a regular occurrence for you, check with your doctor about any underlying causes and your best treatment options.)
- Everybody wants soft, moisturized skin. Soaking in a bath with some of your favorite products is a surefire way to make your skin silky smooth. With the steam from your bath opening your pores and then providing an excellent opportunity for your moisturizing soaps, lotions, and salts to deeply penetrate your skin, taking a bath will no doubt bring your skin to the next level of softness and smoothness.
This should go without saying, but we’re not doctors at Bubbles & Books – don’t take anything we’ve included here as medical advice and always check with your doctor with any medical questions. But we do consider ourselves bath and relaxation experts – and if you can experience a moment of relaxation thanks to your bath? We think that’s the best benefit of all.