Fitness and health 18.6.2018 10:51 am

5 reasons why a bath can be healthier than a shower

Picture: iStock

Picture: iStock

All the health benefits of taking a leisurely bath!

Submerging ourselves in water is something we do for personal hygiene, leisure and health. There is nothing more enjoyable than having a hot fragrant bath during the winter months.

Have a bath with candles, bath salts, oils or bubbles or whichever you prefer to get you more relaxed before bedtime.

Regardless of the temperature, the benefits of taking a bath have been scientifically proven and can ensure optimal health of the mind and body.

1. Bathing can improve heart health

Although bathing in high temperatures can put unnecessary strain on your heart, taking a warm bath will make your heart beat faster. This can improve circulation around the body and to the extremities, making the blood thin, allowing the vessels to function better.

A warm bath can lower your blood pressure and improve cardiac function.

Why wait for the weekend to recover? Get some r&r mid week and you won’t feel so damn exhausted and unproductive come Thursday and Friday. ???????? My top 3 go-to recovery mood-boosters are: 1. Having a bath (with magnesium salts – another great way to absorb magnesium!) 2. Pranayama (breathing exercises) and a home yoga practice) 3. Walking in nature (proper nature, not just a patch of grass). All these practices are relatively cheap if not free! Remember, what goes up, must come down. If you’re overworking that sympathetic nervous system, without also stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system – your hard work in the gym or the kitchen is made redundant. Happy relaxing. #vertuecrew #vertuemethod @urbanoutfitters Bath Mat ❤️

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2. Taking a bath may help you to breathe easier

Being immersed in water past your chest with your head out can have a good influence on your lung capacity and oxygen intake. There are two factors that contribute to this: the temperature of the water and the pressure the water places on your chest and lungs.

When the water is warmer and your heart is beating faster, your oxygen intake can be improved and the steam created can clear your sinuses and chest. Bathing in colder water can help to reduce pulmonary disease.

Swimming can improve lung growth and capacity due to the resistance it provides and the breathing techniques that are required for stamina. You are required to take longer and deeper rhythmic breaths, which improve strength and capacity.

3. Your brain and nervous system can benefit from bathing

Submergence in water can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood.

Hydrotherapy can help people who suffer from multiple sclerosis as the temperature and pressure of the water gently relieves the spine of pain and discomfort.

4. Bathing can benefit your muscles, joints and bones

Stretching and moving in water has been shown to be low impact on the joints, muscles and bones, but very effective in providing an adequate workout through resistance. There is also less chance of injury for people who are at risk of falls, which makes aqua aerobics ideal for the elderly.

5. Your core body temperature will be optimal through bathing

There is no quicker and more pleasant way to regulate your body temperature than through bathing. On a cold day, taking a hot bath or spa is sure to warm you up. Going for a cold ocean swim in the height of summer is undeniably the best way to cool off.

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