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Recently I was working out with one of my gals at the gym and she asked me, “Why do you always wear sweatshirts and hoodies when you workout? Aren’t you hot?”
Since I’m currently living in Florida… and Florida is always HOT… it may seem kind of silly to wear a hoodie while I work out.
But there are methods to my madness.
In today’s episode of CCtv, I decided to share 5 good reasons why I wear a hoodie every time I exercise. And why I think you should, too.
5 Good Reasons to Wear a Hoodie Every Time You Exercise
1) Hoodies Hide your Goodies
Let’s face it people like to people watch. Scoping out others is a natural thing to want to do when you’re tethered to an elliptical machine for 45 minutes. Some people are cool about it… And then there are people who never got the don’t-be-creeper memo when they signed up for their membership. Either way, it can make you feel insecure and self-conscious when you’re working out. Think of a hoodie like an invisibility cloak for your goods. Camouflaging your lovely lady lumps helps to make you feel more secure and eliminates reasons to stare.
2) Hoodies Hold your Goodies
Hoodies double as a kangaroo pouch. It’s easy to go hands-free when you use your pouch to hold your keys, MP3 player, phone, even your water bottle.
3) Hoodies help keep you Germ-Free
When you think about it gyms are downright disgusting. God only knows what someone could have stepped in… Right before waltzing all over the gym floor.
4) Hoodies help you Sweat more
Sweat is one of your body’s detox pathways.
Detox has become a seriously watered-down term because of the many over-hyped products that are pure garbage, like detox teas.
The truth is, your body is set up to detox itself using the primary detox organs, the liver, and kidneys.
But sometimes the liver and kidneys can’t process toxins effectively when liver and kidney function gets impaired. Manhattan-based functional medicine physician Jeffrey Morrison, MD, states that when toxic load becomes too great, “the body gets rid of toxins through a secondary system, which is sweat.”
Most detoxing happens through the liver and kidneys, but when the amount exceeds the capacity the body can handle, Dr. Morrison says, your pores will start to pitch in. “There’s only so much they [the liver and kidneys] can grab and package. If there’s more coming in, then the body has to manage it. That’s when the body starts trying to sweat things out.”
Research backs up the point, he says, with multiple studies that have shown heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury in sweat after exercise (and saunas). “They also know that there are some fat-soluble toxins in the sweat as well. Just like you can absorb them through the skin, you can also pass them back through it.” Think endocrine disruptors like BPA (learn more about those here).
Hoodies = More Sweat
More Sweat = More Detox + Less Water Weight
Drink water, though! Water will help your liver and kidneys flush the dis-lodged toxins from your body. Otherwise, they can stay stuck in your body.
5) Hoodies are Comfy
I hate hoodies, said no one ever.
There you have it! 5 good reasons why you should wear a hoodie every time you exercise. If you like this post and you think someone you know will like it, too, please share it.
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Christina Carlyle is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Personal Trainer, Health Coach, & Behavior Modification Specialist. After overcoming her own health issues, getting off 7 medications, & losing 40 pounds (& keeping it off for 10+ years) she’s dedicated to helping others get Happy, Healthy, & Fit for life, with science-backed strategies. Christina shares real deal (no BS) weight loss and wellness advice, workouts, and recipes that get results and work in the real world.