How often do you embrace a good sweat?
Sweating occurs with an increase in body temperature. This can be brought on by several factors, such as anxiety, sickness, or physical activity.
Most people avoid sweating, as it’s inconvenient and uncomfortable. But sweating has many benefits, especially when the sweat is a result of exercise. For your next workout, push yourself to the point of a prolonged sweat and take note of how you feel afterwards.
In the meantime, check out these 3 reasons why I recommend sweating every day.
Sweating promotes healthy skin. First off, sweating helps keep your pores clean. As you perspire, bacteria and sebum in your pores can be flushed out and later washed away. Clean pores are the foundation for healthy skin and minimize your chances for blackheads and acne. Sweat can even act as a prebiotic which helps promote healthy skin bacteria, keeping any bad bacteria in check.
Sweating is a form of detox. The body is always trying to keep toxins out and works to expel them when they find their way in. A good sweat will flush out toxins which supports healthy immune function. Studies have shown that sweating is an effective method of detoxing certain heavy metals as well as other chemicals found in the environment.
Sweating gets you out of your comfort zone. How often do you exercise at the same comfortable intensity? You may go through the motions, but don’t always put in the effort to fully take advantage of the time invested. Sweating is a sign that you’re pushing yourself beyond what your body is comfortable with. It’s a gauge for your efforts when it comes to exercise. If you’re not exercising at a level that makes you sweat, you’re leaving a lot of room for improvement.
Obviously, if you sweat, you need to re-hydrate. Clean filtered water is always the best option, but if you sweat a lot or for an extended period of time, you may need to re-introduce some electrolytes. Adding a pinch of sea salt or Himalayan pink salt to your water can help with this and a slice of lemon or lime can add a bit of flavor and increase the pH factor as well.
So don’t be afraid to get comfortable with being uncomfortable for your next workout. Break a sweat and enjoy the benefits. If you liked this article and would like to sweat a little more, be sure to check out our Group Fitness Classes.