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Get Ready, Get Sweaty

We love a good sweat. We love being drenched in sweat when we are working out hard. Yet, we still become somewhat self-conscious when we are the sweatier person in our gym, our exercise class, or just taking the garbage out. Sweating is the body’s natural cooling system and detox system. Our ability to sweat has evolved over time to make sure our body doesn’t overheat. A normal body temperature is about 98.6 degrees. Body temperature regulation keeps a normal degree somewhere very close to that number. If the body goes above or below that temperature, there can be serious consequences, including death. Sweating helps us keep our temperature regulated, and so much more.

For example, sweating is a sign that blood is flowing through the body to all of the muscles. Sweating is found to reduce and even block inflammation. Inflammation can take place in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as the joints. Inflammation can also take place on a molecular level, within our genetic structure. Most diseases and disorders are connected to inflammation. Exercise and any kind of moderate activity which might cause you to break a sweat is also tied to stress relief and stress reduction. Stress causes inflammation. Stress relief reduces inflammation. Sweating reduces stress and reduces inflammation in the process.

Stress management is critical for women in recovery, as is exercise in order to take care of the mind and the body. Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction has to be holistic, meaning the mind, the body, and the spirit are considered at the same time. Drug and alcohol addiction severely impact the liver and other parts of the body. Emotional, mental, and physical distress take a toll on the body, especially the liver. Sweating detoxes the liver little bit by little bit. Women who are in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction benefit from any kind of liver health support.

Studies have also found that women feel better about themselves when they sweat more. Just 20 minutes of sweaty activity is enough to help women boost their self-esteem and their self-confidence.

Women are quick to make new year’s resolutions like “exercise more” “workout more” and “lose weight”. Your body will benefit greatly when you set your intention to get more sweaty, more often.

 

Living as a woman in recovery shouldn’t be difficult. Our program at Villa Tranquil, a unique transitional living program for women in early sobriety, helps women navigate the development of a new way of living. Independently owned and operated by clinicians, our program guides women after primary care. Call us today for information:  (561) 294-0427