WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF SWEAT?
Perspiration, or sweating, is a vital function that helps to keep the body healthy and prevent overheating, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It is an important part of the body's thermoregulatory system, which is responsible for maintaining a stable internal body temperature.
REGULATING BODY TEMPERATURE
During exercise, the body's internal temperature rises due to an increase in metabolism and the production of heat. In order to regulate its temperature, the body sweats to cool itself down. Sweat glands release sweat onto the skin, which then evaporates and helps reduce the body's internal temperature. This process helps to keep the body from overheating and allows it to continue to function properly during exercise.
GREATER CARDIOVASCULAR CHALLENGE
A heated workout room can enhance the benefits of sweating during exercise by increasing the body's internal temperature, which can lead to an increased production of sweat. This can help to flush more toxins out of the body and may also provide a greater cardiovascular challenge, as the body has to work harder to cool itself down in a hot environment. Disclaimer: If during exercise you feel faint, extremely fatigued, or overheated, you're working out too hard and need give your body a break to cool itself down & rehydrate.
SWEAT MAKES YOUR SKIN GLOW
Sweat literally leaves your skin glistening, but more importantly, exercise gets blood circulating throughout the body, which gives your skin a healthy glow from the inside out. Proper blood flow allows oxygen and nutrients to circulate and nourish skin cells.
FLUSH OUT TOXINS
According to the Mayo Clinic, sweating is also beneficial during exercise because it helps to flush toxins out of the body. As sweat is produced, it carries with it small amounts of waste products and other toxins that have built up in the body. Though this is true, most of the filtering and waste removal work is done by the liver, kidneys and digestive tract, so the best way to release impurities is to pair an active lifestyle with healthy food intake and good hydration.
WHAT COMES OUT MUST GO IN
Let's expand on hydration because it is SO VITAL to the hard work we put in at Perspirology. These workouts are sweaty and in a lightly heated environment. With that, we understand the importance of staying properly hydrated as sweating can lead to a loss of fluids and electrolytes that need to be replenished. If you do not replace these fluids, you may become dehydrated, which can have negative effects on your health and performance. Dehydration can cause symptoms such as thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, and muscle cramps, and in severe cases it can lead to more serious complications such as heat stroke. So drink up buttercup!
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I DRINK?
It is generally recommended to drink enough water to keep your urine a pale yellow color. During exercise, it is important to drink enough water to replace the fluids that are lost through sweat.
The American Council on Exercise recommends drinking 17-20 ounces of water 2-3 hours before exercise, and then 7-10 ounces every 10-20 minutes during exercise. For every pound of weight loss, it is recommended to drink 16-24 ounces of water to rehydrate.
Perspirology is built on the science of sweat. Our method is research backed and our staff are thoughtfully trained to give you a safe, creative and effective workout. So whether you join us for a bounce, sculpt or dance based workout, we want to see your sweat!