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Shake your booty baby!

Nov. 12, 2013|556 views
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I don’t know you but even though I exercise every day, occasionally I run into one of those mornings in which I tell myself that it would be okay to skip just today, then I create this monologue in which I have an internal heated argument in which I get mad at myself and end up exercising anyways. Have you ever done that? Let me know in your comments below because sometimes I wonder if I am the only person in the world that has such mental dialogues. Anyway, if you are a victim of such self disputes, I thought this tip will give added incentive to get your booty moving

Earlier this year, a team of international scientists reported that sweat in addition to stink, delivers antibiotic compounds directly to the surface of the skin when you perspire. These compounds are protein fragments (known as peptides), which are highly effective at killing potentially infectious microbes on the skin. In an age when the threat of dangerous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is widespread—and widely feared—it’s especially interesting to learn that the body has a ready defense against common skin microbes, such as staph.

There are so many good reasons to exercise regularly. You can probably list at least a few of them off the top of your head: Regular exercise helps you feel better, sleep better, look better, maintain a healthier body weight, enjoy better sex, and live longer, among other benefits. You may even know that people who exercise regularly have stronger immune systems, report feeling more energetic, and are less likely to be depressed.

Now you can add another benefit to the already-lengthy list: Your skin will stay healthier and in turn help you look younger.

I think it’s already exciting that we now have another good reason to break a sweat regularly. Although we all hate to smell like sweat, far from being something to avoid, perspiration is actually good for your skin, and good for your health. Salt and acidity in sweat activates peptides like dermcidin, making them more active against microbes. And nothing brings on skin-protecting perspiration like a bout of exercise. Win-win! So there you have it, shake your booty baby!

I love following choreographed aerobic videos that help me break a sweet while dancing, what about you, what is your favorite work out? Share your comments with me below

Song C, Weichbrodt C, Salnikov ES, Dynowski M, Forsberg BO, Bechinger B, et al. Crystal structure and functional mechanism of a human antimicrobial membrane channel. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Mar 19;110(12):4586-91. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1214739110. Epub 2013 Feb 20.

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