7 Ways Working Up a Sweat Promotes Good Health

Most of us are well acquainted with the paranoia of having sweat marks under our arms, or giving off a bit of an aromatic tang in the presence of another human being.

We all sweat, but any degree of noticeable perspiration is pretty much a no-no in any civilized setting.

However, we want to take a different tack and celebrate sweat in all its glory. Sweat serves a number of very important functions, as a primal method of communication, an emotional barometer, a detoxification agent and a cooling mechanism, just to name a few.

Many cultures have an ingrained tradition of sweating as therapy. Along with a number of other traditional remedies that are now gaining scientific recognition, sweating has a lot of positive effects to offer.

There is a saying that the cure for every problem is salt water: tears, the ocean, or sweat. We are inclined to agree.

Here are some of the amazing benefits of a good sweat, and why you should try to get one going every day!

Improves circulation and blood pressure

Whether you sweat in a sauna or by exercising, the heat in your body causes circulation to increase. This brings a rush of mood-boosting endorphins and a normalizing effect to blood pressure. Sweating in a sauna can also help with muscle spasms and seasonal affective disorder.

Promotes detoxification

Although we usually think of detoxifying via liquid and solid waste, the skin is actually one of the main organs of detoxification. It allows us to excrete waste products such as urea, lactic acid and ammonia. We can also expel dry skin, dirt and toxins, which otherwise stay in and on the skin. Experts say that as much as 30 percent of your body’s waste products can be excreted via sweat.

Lifts your mood

Anything that leads to sweating generally makes you feel happier. Relaxing in a sauna or on the beach? Check. Going for an exhilarating run, bike or paddle? Check. Enjoying a romp in the park, or maybe even between the sheets? Sure!

Sweating goes hand in hand with recreation and release. It’s the antithesis of stress!

Protects against kidney stones

Some say that sweating may help prevent kidney stones by encouraging calcium to stay in the bones and teeth, while salt gets eliminated through the skin.

Fights illness

When you are sick and you get cold sweats, this is your body’s natural mechanism to help you get better by releasing some internal heat. Sweat also contains antimicrobial compounds that can help fight off harmful bacteria and viruses.

Helps you look great

When you sweat, your complexion glows and you get a flush of blood, since sweating helps small blood vessels at the surface of your skin to dilate. What better way to look and feel vibrant and alive! Some say sweating even helps delay the onset of the signs of aging, keeping skin soft and supple.

Improves sleep

After the exhilaration and stress relief provided by sweating, many people find that they are ready for a good sleep. This may be thanks to the rapid cooling of the body after being hot and sweaty.

Inspiration for working up a good sweat

Here are some ideas if you’re wondering how to get started:

  • Turn on some upbeat music and show off your best moves (to the mirror, or your cat).
  • Run up and down the stairs 10 times. Take them two at a time on the way up.
  • Enjoy a session in an infrared sauna.
  • Do sets of 20 jumping jacks alternating with 20 burpees.
  • Find that old skipping rope and try doing as many jumps in a row as you can.
  • Go for a brisk walk with a friend.
  • Chop some wood in the backyard.
  • Climb a tree.
  • Have a playdate with a two-year-old child, and do every movement she/he does.

Don’t just sit there, get some comfortable clothes on and go work up a sweat! Whether it takes one minute or ten, go at your own pace. Your body and your mind will thank you.

Best Deal for Social Security: Retire at 62, 67 or 70?

What's the best age to start taking Social Security? This is a very good question!You have the option to take retirement benefits as early as age 62. However, s0-called "full"

Bad Advice Could Cost You More Than $5,000 a Year in Lost Retirement Benefits: Report

As many as 9,224 widows and widowers aged 70 and up have been underpaid beneficiary benefits for years — at a cost to them of nearly $132 million in lost

10 Ways to Live Frugally Without Looking Cheap

There is no way around it, we live in a status-driven society. Whether that is owning the newest Gucci purse or buying a shiny new car, people judge other people

Opinion: Never Let a Robot Choose Your Investments

We live in a fast-paced world. This motivates many people to automate menial tasks, including investing. That may work for a while, which gives you a false sense of security.

3 Dangerous Things to Avoid If You Inherit Money

Are you due to gain an inheritance anytime soon? Maybe you should not start celebrating or counting that inheritance money before it is in your hands. While gaining an inheritance

Nasty Diseases You Can Get from Your Pets, and How to Prevent Them

We all love to give our pets lots of kisses and cuddles, but what if you end up with a nasty parasite or viral infection? Animals are unfortunately prone to

4 Red Flag Warnings of a Bad Stock Investment

When looking to buy a company that you want to add to your portfolio, there are several things to look for. There are also several things to beware. I believe

What Does the Executor of a Will Do?

The executor is the designated representative who is supposed to ensure that the estate is properly settled and that the assets are distributed according to the wishes of the deceased.

4 Killer Diseases That Can Be Treated with Cayenne Pepper

Did you know that there is one natural remedy that can protect against every leading cause of death in Western countries? It’s time for a new go-to remedy to join

3 Simple Money-Making Rules for Stock Investors

There are lots of different ways to invest and so many companies to choose from. It can become overwhelming, especially for a new investor.  If you are new to investing

4 Reasons to Reconsider Retiring to Florida

So, when one thinks of a place to live out retirement, what state comes to mind? Florida. The state of Florida is the common answer to living out retirement if

35 Benefits of Active Mindfulness

The stress of trying to have it all can leave us feeling like we have nothing at all. If we just take a step back to smell the roses, our