This Just In From GOOP: Working Out In Extreme Heat + Humidity Is Decidedly Awesome For Us
You guys don't know how lucky you are that I don't sleep. Because when I'm parked on the sofa in my family room circa 3 a.m., flashlight in hand, I uncover beaucoup beauty + wellness nuggets to report back to all you deserving, curious FBP-ers.
Soooo...I've been reading GP's latest.
Wait - is it GP's latest? She's cranking out so much media these days I can barely keep up.
(I've had to stop buying her cookbooks, though. They're way too advanced for me. For culinary nuts and bolts, I'm sticking with one of GP's besties, Jessica Seinfeld. Without question, Seinfeld's seminal Can't Cook Book changed my life. Changed. My. Life. With the help of her crowd-pleasing, easy-to-wrap-your-noggin-around recipes, over the last three years I've morphed from an oven-phobic New Yorker to a garlic-smashing-roasting-broiling Floridian.)
And speaking of roasting and broiling, let's dial back in to Goop Clean Beauty.
I'm really liking it. It's super-advanced, and rigorous, and because La Paltrow is such a globe-gallivanting foodie, it of course includes a number of really tricky "eat your way beautiful" dishes that are so intimidating they scared the bejesus out of me. But on the whole, big thumbs up. It's gorgeously shot, aspirational and chock-full of expert intel.
One of GP's key experts - pint-sized workout legend Tracy Anderson - weighs in on a number of fitness-related topics.
But what I seized-on was the following, which I'm typing up verbatim below. It's in Chapter 2: Next-Level Detoxing, and follows a big section on the benefits of infrared saunas and the importance of maintaining a healthy lymphatic system.
In a Q+A with GOOP editors, Anderson is asked:
Why do you recommend working out in heat?
"The basics of exercise and lymphatic stimulation are simple, but optimization comes from adding X factors like heat and humidity. When your body is put in heat, our built-in thermoregulating system is challenged, and more systems are called into action, including the brain. At the same time, we're sweating and our muscles become warm, which means we have an enhanced ability to sculpt them, and in a gentler way. So the heat and humidity isn't for weight loss or detoxification specifically - it's about creating a habitat that allows you to best work your body and brain."
I don't know about you all, but that just gives me a whole new lease on fitness-life right about now. Over the past few weeks, I've been just about keeling over during tennis, and wondering whether it was smart to be out there in the mega heat + humidity.
Now that I know that it is, I feel better. Not like super fantastic. But better.