Sweating doesn’t just add character, it can also aid in weight loss, lower stress and boost mood.
Simply, sweat regulates your body temperature, but regular sweat sessions can have long-term health benefits. You breathe faster, your heart works more, your circulation improves and your metabolism accelerates, and those actions improve your cardiovascular health.
Sweating helps with losing weight. While the immediate weight you lose is water weight that is quickly replaced when you replenish your fluids, activities that make you sweat burn calories.
Dripping sweat can also put you in a cheerful mood. Whenever you feel stressed from external factors try hitting the gym to clear your mind. Put your headphones on, crank up the beat and cycle, run, lift and/or row the stress away. Exercise associated with sweat releases endorphins that interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce the perception of pain. This rush of endorphins reduces stress, ward off anxiety and lessens feelings of depression.
Deep sweating can also improve skin cell turnover and remove pathogenic bacteria from the skin to help with acne. The perspiration process helps pores open and release the grit and grime that holds in bacteria which leads to zits. The dirt accumulates on the surface of your skin, so make sure you wash your face well after your workout.
Sweating boosts blood flow to the skeletal muscles. This extra boost helps to increase recovery time from a workout, muscle strain, and even illness. A study from Eberhard Karls University Tubingen in Germany suggests that sweat contains a naturally occurring antimicrobial peptide called dermcidin, which has been proven to fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous pathogens.
Sweating is a great goal to incorporate as part of your healthy and active lifestyle. It means your body is burning up calories and pushing out toxins. A good old fashion sweaty workout is the best answer to everything stress related.