It’s sticky, it’s smelly and gets into every little nook and cranny – and these are just a couple of reasons why most people aren’t fans of anything that can make them break a sweat.
Sweating is actually your body’s way of maintaining and detoxifying itself… so don’t give up on it just yet!
For starters, it’s how your body regulates temperature. When you’re in a warm climate, exercising or stressed out, the body produces sweat to cool off. The body needs to be somewhere between 36.5-37.5OCelsius to function properly. Without it, our bodies can overheat which can lead to serious illnesses like heat stroke or even death.
Did you know that sweating gives you great skin?
When we sweat, our pores open up and let loose all the dirt and grime that causes acne. It encourages natural detoxification – the body’s way of getting rid of all the waste we accumulate when we sometimes ‘forget’ to live healthy. There are a lot of detoxification diets and products out there; most are quite costly and difficult to follow. Working up a sweat by taking a walk or a run twice a week for 30 minutes around your neighborhood can take care of your detox needs for free.
The glow you get after working out can also be attributed to sweating. Clear skin and that oh-so-healthy redness on your cheeks are caused by good circulation all over the body. Your body may be tired, but you feel more alert because of all that blood, nutrients and oxygen rushing to your brain. The body also releases feel good hormones called ‘endorphins’ after a workout; the very same hormone that’s released after eating chocolate – this time without the guilt!
There is practically no downside to regular exercise – the easiest and most inexpensive way to get a fit body and amazing skin.
Of course, you have to make sure to drink a lot of water before and after exercising to replace the fluids you lost with sweat. A good adage to remember is this: Always return what you lost.
If you’re just starting to discover the wonders of exercise, you might want to check out ILoveFitness . They have a lot of useful information and inspirational ideas to get you up and running in no time!
What do you say? Are you ready for some sweat?
Images: Women’s Health Magazine; Fitness Goop;Reuters India
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