Sweating is something that your body does everyday, even though you may not be consciously aware of it happening. It is how your body regulates its temperature, allowing your organs to function properly. This is why you tend to sweat more in hotter climates and not as much in colder ones.
You also sweat more when doing something physically challenging for an extended period of time. This is because your muscles heat up from the physical activities, which in turn raises your core body temperature. Sweating offsets this by releasing water from your body which will evaporate from your skin’s surface and cooling your body almost instantaneously.
Some people are understandably ashamed of being sweaty because it gives others the impression that they are unhygienic e.g. bad body odor. Be that as it may, sweating is natural and beneficial for your overall well-being.
Here are five benefits that come with sweating that you should know.
1. It Gives Your Skin a Glow
Sweat leaves your skin shimmering but doesn’t flush out any significant amount of toxins from your body despite popular belief. Nonetheless, sweat on your skin helps keep your skin hydrated and youthful-looking naturally.
But there’s a catch: you need to actively sweat instead of passively (think physical activity vs. sauna) to reap the full benefits.
That said, there is something innately refreshing about being sweaty after doing something physical.
2. It Can Help Reduce Stress
Have you ever felt refreshed instead of tired after sweating for some time?
You will realize after a good workout session, yoga, or even a sauna that sweating will leave you feeling relaxed. This is largely due to your heightened endorphins, which can lead to a positive mindset and mood.
3. It Helps With Weight Loss
Sweat, in this case, is correlated with weight loss rather than a cause of it. Generally speaking, people who sweat frequently while being physically active tend to be of lower body weight. You will still need to put in the effort while following a personalized, sustainable diet if you want to reach your weight goals.
Disclaimer: sweating does not lead to real weight loss since any weight lost is just water weight which will be replenished once you are properly hydrated.
4. It Promotes Proper Organs Functioning
Similar to benefit#3 above, sweating, in this case, is correlated to and not the cause of this particular benefit. The real benefit comes from doing something physical such as going for a jog, playing with your kids, or just mowing the lawn. Yes, even something as simple as mowing the lawn can be good for your health.
Being physically active – and being sweaty while you’re at it – is a wonderful thing to do and can help with slowing down muscle and mind atrophy as you age.
5. It Is Beneficial for Your Hair
Bonus benefit: perspiring from your scalp unclogs your hair follicles, creating space for new hair development.
Go Break a Sweat Today!
There are many more reasons for you to sweat, and unless you are suffering from excessive sweating, being sweaty should be one of your daily goals.
Try different activities like swimming, jogging by the beach, dancing, and so on to get your heartbeat up and your body active.
Just remember to stay well hydrated while you’re at it!