Benefits of sweating you probably didn’t know about – What is your “Saturday Sweat” like?
Whew! A busy, challenging but wonderful work week just ended. I work for a language school in Madrid doing face to face classes. Still, I also do lots of online classes for two other companies. As you can see, I work all day because of the time zones. I work in the morning from 7 AM ( yes! 7 AM), doing my online classes, and I finish my face to face classes at 5, sometimes 6 PM. The schools I work for are pretty nice, and they let me teach from a curriculum which makes my lesson planning a lot less than if I had to do everything by myself. By Friday, I am wiped out! Like many English teachers in Madrid, I do my fun TGIF, and on Saturday, I wake up late, like 11 AM or later. This will all depend on how crazy my TGIF was.
My Saturday Sweat
Then comes my Saturday Sweat. I go to a gym just a little bit outside of central Madrid. It’s a lovely area; some even say it’s pretty posh, but all I care about is that my gym is in a nice neighbourhood. The area is called La Moraleja. I go in the evenings during the workweek, late evenings. On a Saturday and Sunday, I do a good weekend sweat, and it helps clear my mind and keeps me fit.
I recently joined an “Espalda Sana” class, translated as “Healthy Back”. It’s an exercise that strengthens your back muscles through stretching, abdominal exercises, knee rolls, and pelvic tilts; you get the idea! We were on the knee rolls when I heard the personal trainer call my name!
“Isabelle, estamos a la derecha.” “Tienes que girar la rodilla hacia la derecha y girar la cabeza hacia la izquierda.” “Estás a la izquierda!
Translated: Isabelle, we are on the right. You have to turn your knee to the right and turn your head to the left. You’re on the left!
Embarrassing moment No. 1.
Next came another knee exercise. You had to hug the knee to the chest and put your arm under the raised knee. Of course, yours truly was uncoordinated. The personal trainer had to get down on the floor and show me how to do the exercise correctly.
Embarrassing moment No. 2.
These classes are so good for my back. They have these classes twice a week, and I have already been to 2 classes. Frankly, I love the class; that is when I get in sync with the rest of the group! Oh well, I guess they have seen magnificently uncoordinated students before! I might have to practice this class at home, if only not to embarrass myself too much in future.
Sweating – It’s gross. Many people hate it. Some people find it embarrassing (sweaty hands, face, feet, underarms, and the list goes on…).
But what you probably don’t realize is that sweating is actually really good for you. There are a lot of surprising benefits to having active sweat glands that most people don’t realize. So whether you like it or not, sweating isn’t your enemy. It’s excessive sweating that you want to battle at inappropriate times — not sweating overall.
Six benefits of sweating you probably didn’t know about
- Sweating more in the gym (when exercising) can produce endorphins which act as natural painkillers.
- It opens your pores, releasing the gunk and grime that builds up in them, resulting in zits.
- It helps control your mood swings by leaving you with a warm sense of well-being and relaxation.
- It helps prevent colds and other infections because it contains an antimicrobial peptide called dermcidin that helps fight infections and germs.
- Sweating regulates your body temperature, so you don’t overheat — literally.
- Sweating helps keep your skin and hair healthy.
Surprising benefits of sweating
We know all the embarrassing parts of sweat. But let’s explore some of the lesser-known benefits of healthy sweating.
Health benefits of sweating every day
The main reason our bodies sweat is to regulate our body temperature. This is really important because it keeps you from having a heat stroke. Normal body temperature also keeps all of your internal organs functioning properly. So when your core temperature gets hot, you start to sweat as a preventative measure.
Benefits of sweating when exercising
When you exercise, your body heats up, and your heart rate increases. This causes you to sweat, and as the sweat evaporates, your body cools down. The benefit of sweating when you exercise is that simple. It keeps you from overheating during your workout, which keeps you from passing out. So basically, sweating during your workout is a good thing. But if you don’t sweat a lot when you exercise, don’t worry. It simply means your body temperature hasn’t risen to the point that your body needs to sweat.
Benefits of sweating when sick
When you’re sick, it’s common to sweat. The sweat helps regulate your body temperature, which can fend off a fever. This doesn’t mean that you should hit the sauna instead of taking your doctor’s prescribed medicine. It simply means that sweating is helping your body heal faster. It’s getting rid of the germs and bacteria that made you sick in the first place and, at the same time, helping to prevent a fever high enough to be fatal.
Benefits of sweating for skin
When it comes to skin health, sweating helps a lot. It opens up your pores and pushes out built-up gunk underneath your skin. When you sweat, this is this same build-up that often produces pimples. So sweating cleanses your pores naturally, which helps you avoid getting unsightly blemishes on your skin. In addition to preventing zits, sweating also helps prevent rashes and irritated skin, which are often caused when built-up grime settles back into your pores.
Benefits of sweating for hair
Sweating from your scalp helps unclog your hair follicles, allowing room for new hair growth. However, it also opens up the pores on your scalp, releasing any build-up inside your pores that could stunt your hair’s growth. It’s important to note that while sweating does open up your hair follicles to promote new hair growth, the salty sweat build-up on your scalp is not good for your hair. Salty sweat build-up contains lactic acid, which, when mixed with the keratin in your hair, can cause damage. So while it’s important to exercise regularly so that your scalp sweats, it’s also just as important to wash your hair after your workout so any excess sweat isn’t sitting on your head for a long time.
How to get the benefits of sweating you want
The best way to reap the benefits of sweating is to exercise regularly. When you exercise, you sweat. It’s that simple. Also, regular exercise has several other benefits revolved around sweating. For example, regular exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety. So if you sweat when you’re nervous, it’s an excellent way to offset some of the anxious feelings you typically get that cause your body to produce embarrassing nervous sweat. That’s right; regular exercise can help prevent sweaty hands caused by nervous sweating!
The more time you spend outdoors when the weather is warm, the more sweat you produce too. So make it a point to try a few new outdoor activities on occasion. That doesn’t mean you have to take up extreme outdoor sports or anything. Just spend some time in the sun to promote healthy sweating — also, the vitamin D your body absorbs from the sun helps keep you calm, cool, and collected.
Does sweating help me detox or lose weight?
Have you been wondering whether sweating will help you detox your body or lose weight? Both are common questions, and both have complicated answers. (Sorry! There isn’t a simple yes or no answer for these questions.)
Benefits of sweating when working out
Everyone is different. Some people can workout for an hour and leave the gym looking as if they simply walked out of their house, while others leave the gym drenched in sweat. But should you worry about not producing enough sweat when you engage in physical activity? The answer is no.
See, sweating when you workout is important for regulating your body temperature, but that’s it. The amount of sweat you produce during a workout doesn’t really matter because the amount of sweat you produce during your workout doesn’t affect the number of calories you burn.
Are there benefits of sweating for weight loss?
Here’s the thing. The weight you lose from sweating is simply water weight. Sweat doesn’t burn fat. Instead, it regulates your body temperature. That’s it. When you rehydrate, any weight loss from sweating comes right back. So there’s absolutely no point in wearing warm clothes while you exercise in hopes that you’ll sweat more.
The key to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume. Exercise helps you do that, so it’s an integral part of weight loss. But it isn’t the sweat your body produces that helps you reach your weight loss goals. So instead, if you want to lose weight, focus on the duration and intensity of your workouts to ensure you’re burning enough calories.