Yes We Must Sweat.
(BlackFitness101.com) Let’s be honest…one of the drawbacks of working out is sweating. Some of us can’t stand the idea of sweat. It’s icky, sticky and leaves us feeling unclean. There are those that don’t mind going to the gym, but they avoid sweating at all cost. There are instances whereby some even feel like they might be allergic to their own sweat. As they workout they begin to itch at their body temperature increases, and this can deter some from working out.
However, we need to sweat when we workout. Sweating is not just the body’s way of cooling itself down, but it is also a way by which toxins are released. It also lets us know we are burning that dreaded fat during our workout. Sweating has benefits many of us may not be aware of. Maybe if we understand why it’s necessary we might reconsider our position.
1. A side effect of working out is sore muscles, and aches; sometimes it makes us consider skipping the next workout. It would be amazing to have someone of call to massage out the soreness, but this is not realistic. Sweating can actually assist in relieving some of the tension. “Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers,” says James Ting, MD, a sports medicine physician at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California. To get to this level of workout whereby pain can be lessened we would need to sweat.
2. No one enjoys acne. As a matter of fact many spend lots of money on a regular bases with cleansers, astringents, and moisturizers on a regular basis trying to prevent acne, or recover from it. Sweating allows us to get the toxins out of our pores that cause acne. “When you sweat, your pores open and release the grit and grime that has built up inside of them, says Whitney Bowe, MD, a dermatologist in Briarcliff Manor, New York.”
3. Sweating can remove salt and cholesterol from the body. The removal of salt is also beneficial to blood pressure levels, and swelling. A serious sweat might feel nasty on the surface, but it is detoxing the body by releasing so much that down the line can cause health complications.
4. Some may associate sweating with being over heated and causing a snappy mode. Science is showing quite the contrary. “It seems natural that we associate feeling warm with a sense of well-being and relaxation, but there may in fact be a scientific explanation for this feeling, says Dr. Ting. Research has suggested that temperature-sensitive neural circuits to specific regions in the brain exist and may play a significant role in controlling mood.”
5. If one battles with kidney stones sweating is one way to help prevent them. “Research from the University of Washington found that regular exercisers sweat out salt and tend to retain calcium in their bones, rather than having them — salt and calcium — go into the kidneys and urine where stones form. Frequent sweaters also tend to drink more water and fluids, which is another stone prevention mechanism.”
Yes, sweating can be nasty, especially when one first starts working out, but it’s necessary. Our insides, skin, and even mood are positively affected by sweating. This can even help with keeping colds and flus to a minimum. As one works out more regularly, drinks more water, and engage in a cleaner diet sweating won’t carry such a bad smell. We can’t get around being drenched, but not smelling foul is worth the extra effort. Sweating is important so don’t let it keep you out of the gym.
Staff Writer; Christian Starr