We know, sweating isn't always the most attractive look. There are certainly times in life when we don't really want to be glistening and sticky, with tell-tale wet marks under our arms and down our backs. But what if we told you there were health benefits to sweating? That's right, no more using sweat as a reason to avoid working out! Forget the idea that women are meant to perspire and not drip sweat into puddles on the floor. That's just not true!
We suspect after reading through this list
of sweaty benefits, you'll change your mind!
1. Sweat gives you happy vibes
We are willing to bet that if you are in a foul mood before a workout, you won't be after. When you move your body intensely enough to produce sweat, you are also stimulating the release of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that help to relieve stress and anxiety while elevating your mood. Bring on the sweat and kiss that bad mood goodbye!
2. Sweating prevents zits
Did you think that sweating causes you to break out? You wouldn't be alone but we're here to tell you IT IS NOT TRUE! That's right, sweating is actually an important component for healthy skin. When you sweat, your pores open and all the dirt and dead skin comes to the surface and gets cleared away. Having said that, it is important to stay on top of a cleansing routine. If you don't wash your face after a sweat session, all that dirt will accumulate on the surface of your skin. Try to wash your face morning, night, and after a workout.
3. Sweating helps to rid the body of toxins
Sweating is an amazing way to detoxify your body. In fact, it can help the kidneys clear out excess amounts of salt and calcium. So if you are feeling hung over or bloated, working out may be the best way to get back to your usual, plucky, self.
4. Sweating can prevent you from getting sick
A study out of Eberhard Karls University Tubingen in Germany found that human sweat contains an antimicrobial peptide called dermcidin. Dermcidin helps protect you from the bad bacteria that you skin comes in contact with on a daily basis. Sweat can also help you heal. If you have a cut or an open wound, dermcidin can protect these injuries from bacteria, allowing them to heal at a more rapid pace.
5. Sweat regulates body temperature
When your body temperature rises, you sweat. It is your body's attempt at climate control, if you will. Wet skin feels cooler and when the sweat evaporates, the heat evaporates with it!
6. Sweating can reduce your risk of kidney stones
Researchers at the University of Washington found that regular exercisers sweat out salt and keep calcium in their bones. For people who don't exercise, this salt and calcium can accumulate in the kidney, where it can form into stones. Besides, people who smash regular workout sessions tend to drink more water which can also help prevent stones.
So, don't be afraid to give it your all and leave puddles on the floor! It can feel like the most incredible release AND it does your body good! Trust us, we aren't telling you to do anything that we don't do ourselves! To make sure you are never without a sweat-causing workout, check out Sweatflix℠
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