There are days when I don’t feel like partaking in any intensive physical exercises due to the prospect of breaking out a sweat being a totally unappealing one. After all, how can the thought of being drenched in your own sweat and having your clothes stick to your clammy skin be welcoming in any way? Well in actual fact, these drawbacks are nothing compared to the benefits that sweating brings.
As natural a painkiller as it gets
One positive effect of sweating that might come as a surprise is that it can actually ease pain and soothe soreness of the muscles. According to James Ting, a sports medicine physician at Hoag Orthopaedic Institute in Irvine, California, “Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers.” So, if there’s a persistent ache in your shoulders, exercising to sweat the pain away may be the most economical treatment for your problem!
If you’re also trying to cleanse your body, you may not need to look to juice cleanses to provide a solution. Sweating out the toxins that have been trapped in your body is actually a scientifically proven reality. Research has revealed that toxins such as excess salt, cholesterol and alcohol are purged from our bodies using sweat as the conduit. That’s definitely something to add to the list of benefits of an intense sweat session!
Give yourself a free facial
For those of us who are particularly prone to breakouts, you’ll be happy to hear that sweating does, in fact, also help get rid of acne. “When you sweat, your pores open and release the grit and grime that has built up inside of them,” explains Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Of course, sweating alone is not going to magically solve your acne problems – you’ll also need to wash your face after your workout to remove that all of the grime and dirt that has accumulated on the surface of your skin.
No stones in here
Sweating also acts as a deterrent against the risk of developing kidney stones. This is because sweating tends to result in fluid loss, which urges your body to drink more water to keep hydrated and replenish the lost fluids. This helps keep the kidneys flushed, which prevents the formation of kidney stones. This is especially useful for those of us who consume high amounts of fat and salt, and face challenges clearing our bladder due to busy schedules.
Of course, the list of benefits that sweating goes beyond what we’ve listed. The natural shine our bodies create really does bring a multitude of health advantages, and undoubtedly offsets the inconvenience that it brings. Then again, perhaps it all comes down to perception – we don’t sweat, we sparkle!