With launching our Urban Sweat Sessions this week I wanted to talk about all the benefits of getting sweaty in the summer.
If you cringed a bit, this is for you.
Number one most important benefit to sweating is the main reason it exists, body temperature regulation. Sweating occurs when we're stressed, in danger or exercising...sometimes all three. As our body temp rises sweat is released to not only cool down internally but also the surface of our skin. When we sweat our brains take note of the conditions that caused the rise in temperature so it can use that info later to be even more efficient at regulating our body temp.
Beyond the raw survival aspect of sweat there are loads of other modern benefits as well.
Sweat is a natural antibiotic because it contains a strong antimicrobial peptide called dermcidin. This means sweat aids in healing wounds, keeps acne at bay and protects against potential bacterial pathogens.
As well as all the physical benefits to getting that glisten, there are mental advantages to talk about too.
It's pretty well known that exercise makes us happy. Strenuous activity releases endorphins and those hormones elevate your mood. What isn't such common knowledge is the role sweating specifically plays in this process. Sweating directly impacts the release of these feel good hormones. When your body heats up to the point where it needs to sweat, it releases temperature-sensitive neurons in your brain. These neurons elevate your mood.
In essence, the more you exercise, the more you sweat; the more you sweat, the happier you are.