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 power yoga is how every class is different. Sure there is a basic flow and foundation that is followed each time, but you never truly 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! I’ve even had yoga or workout class instructors comments on how efficient I am at cooling my body! 😉
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 a Kettlebell workout you can do at home or next time you’re at the gym.
What is Sweat?
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, your 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.
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 a 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 pores and thus reduces the chances of them becoming clogged with bacteria or dirt. Sweating works against blackhead and acne formation.
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 this quick kettlebell workout.
Let me know if you give that workout a try! Here are 24 more AT HOME WORKOUTS TO 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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