Don’t sweat it. 

You’ve probably heard this phrase a lot. For most, there is a negative connotation associated with sweating — that it leaves you wet and uncomfortable, smelly, with embarrassing stains, or that people might perceive you as nervous or stressed out. 

The truth is, there are actually lots of good reasons to sweat, and the causes of it have a lot to do with our body’s natural processes which can make positive impacts for our health. It also turns out that some of us are naturally predisposed to sweat more than others, and that the types of sweat we produce are very different.

Let’s take a closer look at the who, what, when, where, and why of sweat. Afterwards, don’t be surprised if the next time you’ve worked up a sweat, you find yourself actually enjoying the process.