By the sweat of my brow, sweat equity, blood sweat and tears, don’t sweat the small stuff, etc etc. I (Joy) got to thinking about this sweat stuff and realized after a hot yoga session-sweat is good. It makes you feel alive! It lets you know you’ve worked your hardest – or that the room is 95 degrees and you are attempting to do downward dog!
Sweating is a bodily function that makes me happy, satisfied with my performance. In the words of Winston Churchill- “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” Winston must have known something!
My daughter desperately wanted a yoga room in our basement so last winter we renovated the space and installed a sauna. (I wasn’t planning on it since I am now retired and watching my spending!) But I love saunas and so does she. A perfect addition to a yoga space complete with light that turns from green to red by remote control, Very Zen indeed! There is nothing like going downstairs in your own home with a towel wrapped around you to sweat for an hour! This is sweat not from hard work like exercise, but pure heat raising your body temperature. Ah sweat! It’s wonderfully sinful! Next a hot tub!
Sweat is just fat crying-can’t take credit for this marvelous quote, but had to use it!
Barclay chiming in…
My friend, Geri, observed that when you first begin a hot yoga class, you think you look OK. Your hair is neatly tied back; you’re wearing the right gear. But then gradually over the course of the hour, you begin to turn into a monster. Your hair becomes alternately matted and frizzy; your mascara from the night before has descended to your cheek; and you are pouring out sweat in all the wrong places.
But, you feel amazing! Cleansed. Accomplished. And perhaps a tad high on endorphins.
The site, Medical Daily, tells us that sweating (while exercising) detoxifies our body, boosts our immune system, and cleanses our skin. It’s even better, they say, if we do so with other people.
“Exercising increases the level of the “feel-good” endorphin hormones that are naturally released during physical activity. A 2009 study published in the journal Biology Letters found group workouts actually increase endorphin levels and cause less pain for those who work out together than those who train alone. Sweating it out during a group exercises like Zumba or hot yoga can help put a smile on your face.”
Oh, and it also helps get rid of any alcohol that may be lingering in your system from the previous evening.
So sweat away. It’s empowering; it’s feminine; it’s mood lifting.
Channel your inner Jane Fonda, circa 1980, with her legging-socks. A style that YOU could bring back into vogue!
Today’s Takeaway –
-My mother was right AGAIN. She loved to sweat during a workout. Check out Keep Moving!
-Do not look in the mirror when you leave your Hot Yoga class. You will see a frizzed out monster which in no way resembles you!
Enjoy the Sweaty Ride!
xox Barclay and Joy