Depending upon where you live, breaking out into a sweat when you step out your front door may happen regularly or never. If you reside in a hot, humid climate, you probably are accustomed to glistening and glowing. Sweat’s primary purpose is to help you maintain your body temperature as close to 98.6 as possible. Put another way, sweat is your body’s built-in air conditioning system.
Sweating is beneficial for many reasons above and beyond cooling you down. When you engage in a vigorous workout or power Vinyasa class like the ones featured this week, one of the benefits is kick-starting your circulation and ensuring efficient blood flow to oxygenate and fuel your muscles and organs. Increased blood flow and heart rate work to maintain a healthy metabolism and optimal level of fitness. When your vital bodily functions are moving efficiently, your immune system gets a boost.
Often, sweating is touted as a method of detoxification. In other words, if you happened to drink too much last night or you succumbed to a craving for a big fat cheeseburger, you might think you can sweat out all the negative calories and heaviness. Actually, waste can only truly be removed through your digestive and elimination systems.
So, while you may feel like you’re sweating out that margarita through your pores, you’re still simply sweating. Sweat is composed of 99 percent water and 1 percent potassium, carbs, and salt. Working up a sweat through exercise will make you feel better and help kick-start your internal waste removal system, so go for it.
Sweating regularly helps you look better too!
Perspiring helps bring the blood to the skin’s surface, which gives you that healthy glow. Arguably the best benefit of working up a sweat through exercise is boosting your endorphins to feel happier. You’ll release stress and tension and move your way to a more positive outlook.
Check out these excellent new classes to sweat:
1. Pradeep Teotia: Sweat Sweat Sweat
2. Robert Sidoti: Power Functional Vinyasa
3. Jackie Casal Mahrou: Flow Your Heart Out
4. Becca Riopelle: Rock Hard Body Blaster
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