Remember being a teenager (*shudder*) and suddenly becoming plagued with fear about getting pit stains? No?? Just us?? Navigating the new world of sweating was just one terror in the total terror of puberty, but it’s something we’ve learned to embrace at BarreBody since completing our workouts without sweating would be a miracle (the burn is real!). Not only is sweat now an inevitability, it’s actually one of the key signs our body is working the way it should be. If you’re still wary about sweating, let us convince you to embrace the sweat for the following reasons:
1. Sweating LITERALLY heals you
Who needs antibacterial ointment when sweat spreads highly efficient antibiotics on to our skin! If our skin is wounded by a small cut, a scratch, or the sting of a mosquito, antibiotic agents secreted in sweat glands, such as dermcidin, rapidly and efficiently kill invaders.
2. Sweating Lowers the Risk of Kidney Stones
If you’ve ever had kidney stones, you can attest to the rumor that they are more painful than childbirth (jk- not possible). Sweating is the secret to preventing them by helping to retain calcium in the bones and eliminate salt from the body, which prevents the accumulation of calcium and salts in our kidneys, allowing them to function efficiently.
3. Sweating Zaps Zits and Glows You Up
Abundant sweating opens up clogged pores and releases the gunk built up inside them. Purging the body of toxins protects the skin from pimples and blemishes, not to mention helps prevent eczema and rashes. Just don’t forget to wash your face after a sweaty workout to get the gunk off your skin!
4. Sweating Helps Prevent Cold and Other Illnesses
Sweating is a great way to fight pathogens. Sweat, which is slightly acidic and salty, acts as a natural antibiotic that can help you develop resistance to common cold bugs. It’s like pouring an Emergen-C packet over your body!
5. Sweating Helps to Regulate Body Temperature
Sweating is good when you’re sick as it fends off fever. Perspiration lowers the body temperature when it goes very high, and also rids the body rid of pesky germs and bacteria. Though we don’t recommend coming to class if you’re sick, we have plenty of onlines classes that will get you sweating out the sniffles at home.
6. Sweating Promotes Hair Generation
Forget Sugar Bear pills! Sweating allows growth of new hair as it unclogs hair follicles and opens the pores on the scalp. Just make sure you take a nice hot shower after to wash the hair gunk away.
7. Sweating Releases Toxins
Whenever we sweat, the excess alcohol, salt, and cholesterol are released from the body. That means glowier skin and a less bloated belly- basically a makeover for your insides.
8. Sweating Cleanses the Body of Pollutants
We are releasing more pollutants into the atmosphere than any other time in history, and it’s almost impossible to avoid breathing it in. Sweat comes to our rescue by eliminating BPA (a harmful substance found in plastics) and other dangerous pollutants from our systems.