Sweaty Benefit #1: Eases Muscle Pain
Did you strain something shoveling snow or slipping on a patch of black ice? Working up a sweat just might soothe some of the soreness. Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers.
Sweaty Benefit #2: Flushes the Body of Toxins
Not feeling like a post-holiday juice detox? Pick up a jump rope or take an indoor cycling class for a super sweat session instead. Sweating can flush the body of system-clogging toxins like alcohol, cholesterol, and salt.
Sweat Benefit #3: Helps Reduce the Effects of “The Winter Blues”
Winter in NYC can be depressing. The cold weather and constant personal battle against the elements can really wear you down. Fortunately, the latest neuroscience has found that there are temperature-sensitive neural circuits in the brain that play a significant role in controlling mood. So, the next time the icy city gets you hot under the collar, take a break for a hot yoga class or hop on a treadmill for a quick “get happy” fix.
Sweat Benefit #4: Contains a Natural Antibiotic
If you’ve ever wished you could walk around dousing everything in hand sanitizer, you are in luck. Human perspiration contains a naturally occurring antimicrobial peptide called dermcidin, which has been proven to attack bacteria on our skin and fight many other dangerous bugs (including germs that cause tuberculosis).