Sweat it out! The benefits of perspiration
A sauna can help your body break a healthy sweat
We all know how it goes. We drive to work, sit at a desk, climb in the car to go to the store, sit on the couch, take the elevators…if we’re lucky we sneak in a workout at the gym, a walk at lunch or at least chase the kids around a little bit. Most days, though, we don’t break a sweat.
At Pettis Pools & Patio, we carry Finnleo saunas, which are a great way to achieve a healthy sweat—but, today, we are going to dive deep into what sweat is and how it benefits the body!
Our bodies sweat for one reason: to cool the body. Our bodies have millions of sweat glands and the amount a person sweats depends on everything from body chemistry to gender. Even anxiety, stress, medication, high temperatures and other factors can cause the body to begin perspiring. When perspiration begins, sweat (comprised of water, minerals, and some waste) begins to move towards the pores of the skin. With this movement of fluids, blood is also moved closer to the surface of the skin, which is why a person may appear to have rosy cheeks or slightly reddened skin when exercising. By moving the blood away from the core and closer to the surface of the skin, the blood is cooled and then re-circulated throughout the body to bring the temperature down down. To promote this circulation, a person’s heart rate increases to pump the blood faster. This extra exertion results in burned calories, though the amount of calories burned varies depending upon the cause and severity of the perspiration.
In a deep perspiration, usually resulting from an intense workout or from using a sauna, perspiration helps to cleanse the body. As dead cells are loosened by the opened pores and perspiration released from the pores, it exposes new cells to reveal fresher, healthier looking skin. This type of deep perspiration releases metals and chemicals which can act as toxins to the body. (This is one reason it’s a good idea to shower after a sauna.)
As you can see being in an atmosphere where you can perspire helps you to maintain a healthier lifestyle. If you have any questions about saunas, give us a call or stop in at one of our locations-we are always happy to help you!