There’s a Lululemon store in my neighborhood, and one of their mottos is “sweat once a day” – now, for the past two days here all you had to do to make this happen is hang around outside for more than 5 minutes, but as anyone who knows me well can tell you, when I decide to do something, I have a tendency to jump into the deep end and do it all the way.
So, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to hear that rather than fighting the heat, I decided to just go with it. I took a hot yoga class last night. Maybe not the smartest thing to do when it’s 97 degrees out, especially since I don’t normally do hot yoga, but there were other people there so at least I know I’m not the only crazy one. Despite the fact that I spent half the class in child’s pose, I could literally wring water out of my shirt when I was done. I had to keep wiping the sweat off my arms and face to keep going. (Moral of this story? Don’t wear a cotton shirt to hot yoga)
Now some of you are probably thinking, that’s disgusting, and maybe it is on some level, but I don’t see it that way – it’s just water! Don’t you remember when you were a kid you would run around all over the place and get red-faced and sweaty? You’d be having a ball, even though all the adults were probably telling you to slow down because you were getting too sweaty and would get sick. (No? Maybe it was just my Italian grandmother.)
We spend so much time trying to control what we look like, what our surrounding temperature is and generally everything around us that we forget our bodies are pretty good at getting the job done and miss out on experiencing each moment for what it is.
So if you can manage to shut off that inner adult for a few minutes and just go do something fun until you get sweaty, I’m telling you it feels awesome. Like you’re getting rid of all the toxins or something. Seriously, why do we think it’s so awful to sweat? Our bodies do it for a reason! Sweating decreases our core temperature, and the evaporation decreases our skin temperature. It’s all good stuff, so be grateful we can do it. Of course, drink plenty of fluids and respect your own boundaries. There’s a difference between sweating and getting heatstroke.
Another benefit to the class last night? Walking outside afterwards felt downright delicious.
What’s your favorite way to sweat?