Sweating is pretty gross, right?
It smells, it soaks our clothing, and it makes us feel a little less than sexy…
I used to think that too … until I learned about the AMAZING BENEFITS that sweating can offer your body.
Sweating can do wonders for your health and wellness …
and I’m going to tell you how.
Sure, sweating means you’re probably exerting yourself (and burning calories and losing weight), but those aren’t the only benefits sweating has to offer you.
Here are 9 amazing benefits I love about sweating – and you will too!
1. It clears your body of toxins.
What we eat and drink, as well as what we’re exposed to in the environment, can all build up in our system.
The good things? Our body uses a nutrients and energy to get through the day.
The bad stuff? Well, that’s where sweat comes in.
Sweat helps get those nasty toxins out of your system, including salt, cholesterol, alcohol and even pollutants like BPA and DEHP.
This helps you feel better all over, it cuts down on bloating and it decreases your chances of cancer!
2. It can treat and heal wounds.
Have a scratch or cut? Forget spending hundreds of dollars on medicines.
Instead, just go for a run!
Sweat has actually been proven to act as an antibiotic, which kills bacteria and helps heal wounds faster. Who knew?
3. It makes you happier.
Sweating actually puts you in a better mood.
It stimulate endorphin production – those “happy” hormones that make you feel good all over.
This can combat anxiety, stress, depression and a whole slew of mental issues!
As an added bonus, these endorphins can also act as pain relievers, too. So if you’re feely achy, get to sweating! You’ll feel better in no time.
4. It fights off acne.
Having acne issues? Don’t worry, I get them sometimes, too.
Fortunately, sweating is a great way to treat them naturally and quickly.
You see, the sweat helps open up and clean out your pores.
Since clogged pores are typically the culprit when pimples come to play, this can really help clear up your skin!
Just make sure to wash your face after you’re done sweating. You don’t want all that gunk to seep back into your skin.
5. It prevents colds and flus.
Thanks to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, sweat can actually help keep you cold- and flu-free this season.
Studies show that it fights off bacteria, viruses, fungi and even things like tuberculosis.
They may even be a more effective treatment than antibiotics someday, since our bodies can’t build up a resistance to them!
6. It lowers your blood pressure.
Have high blood pressure? A history of heart problems in your family?
Get to sweating.
Sweating is known to release sodium from your body – a problematic substance that can often lead to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease.
Studies should just 15 to 30 minutes of sweating a day can actually decrease your blood pressure significantly.
7. It regulates your body temp.
Get cold all the time? Always feeling flushed?
Sweating is a great way to solve both these issues.
Sweat’s main purpose is to regulate your body temperate, meaning keep you cool when you’re heating up.
By working up a regular sweat, you can help keep your internal temperature more in balance, so bouts of hot and cold don’t hit you unexpectedly.
8. It improves your skin.
Want smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin?
Sweating is your answer.
Sweat is known to improve skin’s tone and elasticity, and it can help cut down on redness and irritation.
Regular sweat sessions can shave years off your skin – I know first-hand!
9. It improves digestion.
It sounds weird, but sweating can actually help improve your digestive system, too.
With regular sweating, your body will become more regular, processing and getting rid of waste quicker, more easily and more on schedule.
It can also help treat constipation if you’re ever suffering from it. No Maalox or Tums necessary!
Still think sweating is gross? Think again!
Sweating is one of the best things you can do for your body. It improves your mood, your skin, your immune system, your digestion and just about anything and everything in between.
It’s a big part of my life, and it played a huge role in my weight loss journey a few years ago. (Remember: I lost over 50 pounds – even after having TWO kids!)
If you’re looking to get healthy or fit in the coming year, it’s time to make sweating a regular part of your routine. Walk, run, ride a bike – whatever you can to work up a little perspiration.
You – and your body – will thank me for it! I promise.