Sweat…it’s not just a sign of a good workout! Sweat is so important for our body’s daily functioning and for overall health. Read this post to find out more about the benefits of sweating regularly!
One the things I love about yoga is how every class is different. Sure there is a basic flow and foundation that is followed each time, but you truly never know what is going to come next. One thing you can count on in every class however, is….SWEAT. Buckets and buckets of it.
And me? I’m a major sweater as it is! Even the teacher comments on how efficient I am at cooling my body! It’s probably why I enjoy hot weather so much. The hotter the better! Even though class is heated, after about ten minutes of being in there, I swear I don’t even feel it any more!
So even though sweat is sort of gross in a sense…it’s actually so important for us and has a lot of healthy benefits as well!
Today, we’re talking about the importance of sweat…plus I am sharing two workouts that will help you get your sweat glands pumping!
What is sweating?
Humans have two types of sweat glands, eccrine (feet, palms, forehead) and the apocrine (armpits, genitals). Believe it or not, we are sweating ALL THE TIME (whether we know it or not). Sweating is our bodies way of distributing heat that is created by our metabolism and muscles. Sweat occurs due to stress, exercise, or heat. The body can adjust the level of sweat production depending on the situation you are in but it is always working to cool your body and keep it at homeostasis.
Promotes healthy circulation: When you sweat, heart rate increases and so does circulation of the blood. When the sweat glands on your skin start producing liquid, they drive blood flow to the skin and initiate the circulatory system.
Removes toxins: Sweat contains all sorts of compounds from your body, including harmful toxins like metals. Toxins that are located deep within the skin are pushed to the surface when you begin sweating and are rid from the body.
Helps fight sickness: The detoxifying nature of sweat can boost your immune system and make it stronger for fighting against common ailments. Also, sweat contains the nitrite which acts as an antibacterial and anti-fungal on the skin.
Lowers body temperature: Sweat is the body’s in house way of regulating temperature. Especially important during exercise, sweating helps your body manage excess heat and keep your core internal temperature from rising too quickly or too high.
Promotes healthier, clearer skin: Sweating opens up your pours and thus reduces the chances of them becoming clogged with bacteria or dirt. Sweating works against black head and acne formation.
Speeds healing: Sweating increases your metabolic processes and thus stimulates your immune system. Sweating is your body’s way of healing itself when you are a sick or injured.
And now that you know why sweat is important and beneficial….time to get down to doing it! Get yourself nice and sweaty with these two quick circuit workouts I came up with awhile back!
Let me know if you give either of these a try!
Have a great day….and get SWEATY!
Are you a heavy sweater?
What’s your favorite way to work up a sweat?
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