Sweat it Out

Had a sweat session in between classes today. When I first made my scheduled I wasn’t very happy with a three hour break in between classes but it turned out being great for working out. My goal for todays workout was too sweat! Image

I did 30 minutes on the stair master at a high level on rolling hills, stretched, and 10 minutes in the sauna.

Sweating has tons of health benefits. Here’s a couple:

  • Actually helps clear your skin, it pushes dirt and toxins out of your skin that can cause skin imperfections.
  • Helps remove toxins
  • Accelerates metabolism
  • Can help release stress
  • Heats up muscles and helps them relax

One misconception about sweating however is that sweating itself will make you lose weight in the form of water weight. I see girls all the time weigh themselves, go into the sauna for 15 minutes, and go weigh themselves again expecting to lose a pound. And if for some reason it does work they will gain it right back. The process of sweating and then rehydrating after is kind of like changing the oil in your car. You replace the old used oil with fresh new oil. Afterwards your car is cleaner, runs better, and more efficient. It’s important to replace the water use lose from sweating to keep your body running smoothly.

So how do you lose water weight? Funny enough the answer to that question is to drink more water. You’re body knows it needs water so if it feels like it doesn’t receive water frequently enough it holds on to the water it currently has. But if you drink a lot of water in your normal day your body doesn’t feel the need to store as much water because it knows it’s supply is constantly being replenished.

Happy Sweating!

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