Some people go out of their way to avoid sweating…
Others, like myself, look for an excuse to break a sweat.
Are you surprised that 1/3 of gym goers don’t even break a sweat?
Do you break a sweat when you exercise?
If not, you should consider sweating more than you currently do and I’ll tell you why.
The Sweaty Truth
Here are a few quick facts about sweat…
And there are different kinds of sweat…
What causes stinky, salty sweat?
The chemical makeup of your sweat is largely dependent on the foods and beverages you consume.
Sweat tastes salty because it has a high concentration of sodium — with smaller amounts of potassium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. (Source)
However, there are two different types of sweat glands:
- Eccrine sweat glands — These glands produce a watery substance and function as a cooling mechanism for the body to regulate your temperature. They are mostly concentrated on the brow, hands, feet, and most of the large areas of the body.
- Apocrine sweat glands — These glands produce a thicker, plasma-like substance with fatty acids and protein byproducts, including urea and ammonia. They are in all the fun places like your genitals, anus, armpits, and scalp. Apocrine sweat glands are often triggered by emotional stress.
Sweat caused by stress (and anxiety) tends to smell worse than other types of sweat. Some people call it “stress sweat.”
That’s the stuff that ruins your shirts and makes you smell bad.
Men and women sweat differently
Ladies, do you feel like it’s challenging to break a sweat when working out? It turns out women aren’t as efficient sweaters, and women who don’t exercise often are especially inefficient. (Source)
There are theories that women carry less body fluid than men and they sweat less to prevent dehydration. If this were the case, and it likely is, women should prioritize hydration — especially when being active or in hot conditions.
7 Reasons Why You Should Break a Sweat Daily
You don’t like sweating, I get it.
I don’t like sweating in situations where I don’t want to sweat — in the car, in my office, etc.
But you can’t be afraid of sweat altogether.
Sweating feels good and it’s good for you.
Now let’s see if we can’t persuade you to break a sweat more often with these 7 reasons…
1. Sweating boosts your endorphins
Exercising, or simply being active enough to break a sweat, increases endorphins — the “feel-good hormones.” (Source)
Endorphins are the reason exercise (and sweating) makes us happy…
When your body comes under stress or experiences pain, neurochemicals called endorphins are produced in the brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary gland, explains J. Kip Matthews, Ph.D, a sport and exercise psychologist. Endorphins, which are structurally similar to the drug morphine, are considered natural painkillers because they activate opioid receptors in the brain that help minimize discomfort, says Matthews. They can also help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being. “Endorphins are also involved in natural reward circuits related to activities such as feeding, drinking, sexual activity and maternal behavior,” he says.
Interestingly, working out with another person, or in a group, causes you to feel less pain. Maybe that’s why so many people enjoy those group classes at the gym.
I know I’ve always got better results when I had a workout partner.
2. Sweating helps prevent the cold and flu
In my article, How to Avoid the Cold and Flu This Winter, I mentioned that I like to break a sweat when I feel a cold coming on — it seems to help scare the symptoms away quickly.
According to Dr. Diane De Fiori:
“Sweat contains antimicrobial peptides effective against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These peptides are positively charged and attract negatively charged bacterial, enter the membranes of bacteria, and break them down.”
A 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that a natural antibiotic is naturally activated in salty, slightly acidic sweat.
In addition to boosting your immune system, sweating is healthy for you overall…
3. Sweating helps eliminate toxins
Unlike most of those shitty supplement products that scammers on the gram try to sell you…
Sweating actually detoxes your body.
A 2011 study published in the journal Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology found that sweat flushes the body of alcohol, cholesterol, salt, many toxic elements.
One of the biggest benefits of sweating out toxins is clearing the pores on your skin…
4. Sweating keeps your skin clear
Sweating opens your pores and releases the toxins built up deep inside — the same toxins that cause pimples and blemishes on your skin.
However, this benefit only applies to normal sweating. If you have the medical condition hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating, then you are at a great risk for warts and eczema.
Sweating when you’re active is healthy and normal. Constantly sweating for no apparent reason is a sign that something isn’t right or you’ve consumed a lot of caffeine.
5. Sweating reduces your risk for kidney stones
Believe it or not, sweating affects you all the way down to your bones.
Sweating helps you eliminate some of the salt and calcium in your bones, which reduces the amount of salt and calcium in your kidneys. Coincidently, salt and calcium create kidney stones.
Once you sweat more, you start drinking more water, which also prevents kidney stones.
6. Sweating helps wounds heal quicker
University of Michigan researchers discovered that sweat glands play a role in the wound-healing process, including recovery from scrapes, burns, and ulcers.
“In a study published in the American Journal of Pathology, Laure Rittié, Research Assistant Professor of Dermatology, notes that sweat glands are understudied and that they may hold the secret to speeding up wound repair.”
They found that sweat glands have a reservoir of adult stem cells that quickly take action when you are wounded.
Maybe this explains why we seem to heal from wounds so quickly as kids.
Well, I can’t speak for you, but I constantly had bloody knees and scraped elbows from playing outside. Yet I would keep playing like nothing happened.
Come to think of it, I was sweating a lot.. and sweating boosts your endorphins.
It all makes sense now.
And so you see why I wrote an entire article about sweating.
7. Sweating daily is a small, but powerful habit
Most people aren’t trying to compete in the Olympics or walk on stage as a professional bodybuilder.
You just want to be fit, strong, and lean.
Rather than trying to commit to any specific routine for the rest of your life — you only need to commit to sweating daily.
That doesn’t mean you can eat fast food all day and not get fat because you broke a sweat.
No, you still have to eat well most of the time.
But you can maintain a fit body by simply making the habit of breaking a sweat every day.
Everything in our life is a result of our actions.
It’s easy to make excuses — and I understand there are rare circumstances like a disability — but for 99% of people 99% of the time you are in full control of your life.
The quicker you come to terms with that, the quicker you can use it to your advantage…
The reason I’m going on and on about habits lately isn’t just because I recently published a book about habits…
It’s because the ability to control your habits is fundamental to everything else we’re going to be doing here in the near future and far future.
Mastering my habits has been the best thing I’ve done, but there’s a lot more to dig into.
We haven’t even scratched the surface.
Take control of your daily habits now so you can keep up as we take on bigger challenges.
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