November 03, 2013

The 7 Big Health Perks of Sweating

Whether you're breaking a sweat at the gym or just walking down the street on a scorching day (Guilty!), you may be giving your health a huge boost. Here, experts dish on the mental, physical and emotional benefits caused by a little perspiration.

Sweat Side Effect #1: Eases Pain

Got a kink in your neck that won't quit (and no one around to massage it out)? Working up a sweat just might soothe the soreness, experts say. "Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers," says James Ting, M.D., a sports medicine physician at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, CA.

Sweat Side Effect #2: Blasts Zits

"When you sweat, your pores open and release the grit and grime that has built up inside of them," says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a dermatologist in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Caveat: Don't just sweat and go. All of that dirt from your pores accumulates on the surface of your skin, so aim towash your face three times a day, especially if you are constantly playing sports or working out.

Sweat Side Effect #3: Rids the Body of Toxins

Not feeling the whole post-weekend juice detox plan? Hit the mat for a super-sweat session instead. Some experts believe that sweating can flush the body of system-clogging substances like alcohol, cholesterol and salt. Get the most bang for your bod with indoor cycling orcircuit training -- two of the sweatiest workouts, according to Melissa Morin, an exercise physiologist and Senior Director of Group Exercise at New York Sports Club. 

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