Sweat It Out , 0 Comments

Everyone talks about the benefits of exercise, but one of our body's best detoxifying processes (our ability to sweat) isn't necessarily linked to exercise. The benefits of sweating are manyfold, and critical to the upkeep of our systems. While I am a big advocate for at least 15 minutes of exercise daily (a quick walk after dinner will not only fill this quota, but also aid in digestion!), breaking a sweat can be done without incorporating cardio. Here's how:

  • Purge your body of built-up toxins with a relaxing, rejuvenating soak in the tub! Hot baths are not only therapeutic because they soothe the senses, but because they raise our core temperature and cause us to sweat, thereby assisting in the elimination of pollutants, irritants and other no-no's. You can keep it simple by only adding Epsom salts to your bath, or incorporate aromatherapy with a few drops of essential oils. If you really want to take your bath game up a notch (yes, we are pretty hardcore), we recommend trying one of Pursoma's many bath detoxes! A summertime favorite is the Ocean Potion Bath, which is great for when you are itching to hit the beach, but can't. And with fall just around the corner, we're sure the Hot Tub Bath will become a lifesaver during flu season!
  • If you are a member of a gym or club with amenities, try out the steam room! Take advantage of all those fees you're inevitably paying, and put them to work by putting in some time in the heat. A quick steam is a great way to get glowing skin, and going from the dense humidity and warmth straight into a cooling shower will invigorate the senses and give you an energy boost. Just remember to rinse off before stepping into the steam in the first place: sweating while your pores are blocked with makeup, or just general build-up from daily life (hello, city smog!), is not recommended.
  • If you happen to fancy a more glamorous kind of sweating, find yourself a dry sauna and get your sweat on in a chic way. I am a huge fan of dry saunas, for many reasons (I sometimes have difficulty breathing in steam rooms, and I happen to love the smell of cedar, the traditional material used to build saunas). Dry saunas are basically small rooms or cabins built entirely of wood, and the temperatures inside can get quite high! Since they are heated by a stove, and there is far less moisture in the air than in a steam room, the thermometer inside a dry sauna often hovers around 176 Fahrenheit. This requires a bit of extra caution for users: since the heat is dry, our bodies "feel" it less, so it is easy to overdo it. First time dry sauna users should not remain in the heat for longer than 15 minutes, and always make sure to hydrate (with plain old water) before and after your session.

- Maria Vasylivna