• Lisa A. Smith

Sweat Equity #GetYouSome

Updated: Aug 11, 2017

“Uh oh I’m starting to sweat!”

“I had to stop because I was sweating my hair out!”

“Ewww I just HATE sweating.”

“Sweating is so gross.”

All real lines from some of our favorite clients…those that HATE sweating and takes it as an indicator that they’re working too hard and doing too much! Boy are they wrong! I tell people all the time: sweating is your goal, NOT your red flag.

I know all of the #sweaty facts: ruined hair styles, sticky and ickiness, not so pleasant odors, hard to get out sweat stains and the infamous crouch sweat.

However, I also know all of the sweaty benefits: #detoxification, personal cooling system, #endorphin production, increased #hydration, clear skin and antibacterial properties.


Let’s explore that in detail…

  1. Detoxification: we literally release toxins from our system using sweat as the conduit. We mainly release excess salt, cholesterol and alcohol. Which potentially means that a sweaty work-out will de-bloat us, clean our clogged arteries and help with a hang-over. #winning

  2. Personal Cooling System: Perhaps you’ve dealt with cold offices, hot automobile interiors, #MENOPAUSE, etc. and wondered if your personal HVAC system is out of whack? Regular exercise, which keeps our sweat glands in tip top shape, help our bodies regulate its temperature more easily in these ever-changing environments.

  3. Endorphin Production: The proof is in the smiles after the sweat! Believe it! Exercise puts you in a better mood. Your endorphin level is unique and it will be through trial and error to find the right kind of physical activity that will induce your very own brain “opiates” and get you hooked on feeling the “rush” after sweating it out.

  4. Hydration: Sweating during exercise causes the body to demand more hydration which in turn keeps the kidneys flushed.

  5. Clear Skin and Antibacterial Properties: 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 rapidly kills them off. By opening up your pores, the perspiration process helps them release the grit and grime that holds in bacteria which as we all know, leads to ZITS. Don’t be lazy, though. Getting all the yuck out onto your skin’s surface means it has to be washed off. Don’t encourage its re-entry by leaving it lying around!

How cool is that?! (pun intended:) Mother nature made 0 mistakes. Every single one of our bodily functions is 100% necessary and when we attempt to suppress them we’re essentially disrupting our body’s ability to thrive! So stop avoiding that intense cardio, heavy lifting or challenging workout class and give your body the sweat equity it’s craving! Besides...

--Sweat aint nothing but the fat crying!

Lys Resource and additional reading: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-amazing-benefits-sweating-you-didnt-know.html

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