When it comes to getting in a KILLER workout, does more sweat mean you’ve pushed yourself harder?
Most of us gauge our workouts by how sweat-drenched we are after the fact—the wetter, the better. But is that really a good way to measure how hard you’re working and how many calories you’re burning? And does it indicate that you’ve got a good workout in ?
Surprisingly, the experts say no. “How much you sweat doesn’t correlate with how fit you are,” says Craig Ballantyne, certified trainer and author of Turbulence Training. “Sweat depends on a lot of factors, most notably genetics and ambient temperature. You could do 60 minutes of cardio and perspire a lot, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be fitter than if you did 10 minutes of less-sweaty interval training.” If sweat level really meant something, then workouts that didn’t leave you a drippy mess, such as Pilates and yoga, wouldn’t be so effective at keeping you toned and fit. “Being in shape means improving health, endurance, and building core muscles, all of which you can do without sweating,” says Ballantyne.
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As for the benefits of getting your heart rate up, Ballantyne says pulse-pumping cardio workouts actually don’t torch as many calories as you’d think. “Cardio doesn’t address strength, leads to overuse injuries, is highly over-rated for fat loss, and doesn’t improve total body muscle endurance,” he says. In other words, sweating buckets in cycling class or killing it on the treadmill can keep you fit, make you feel great, and burn a reasonable number of calories—but cardio isn’t the be-all, end-all for fat burn that so many of us think it is.
However, sweating is the body’s way of cooling itself off and maintaining a healthy temperature. You’re born with between two and four million sweat glands. Women have more sweat glands than men, but men’s glands are more active. How much you sweat depends on your gender, the number of sweat glands you have (more glands equal more sweat), how hot it is, how intensely you’re exercising, or how anxious you feel.
The amount a person sweats also depends on how many sweat glands are activated and how much sweat is excreted from each gland. It turns out that fit men sweat significantly more than fit women. The same amount of sweat glands might be activated, but women produce less sweat from each gland. Fit people sweat more efficiently by sweating sooner during workouts, when their body temperature is lower. However, a sedentary person working at the same intensity will heat up a lot faster and possibly sweat more. Also, overweight people sweat more profusely than normal-weight individuals because fat acts as an insulator that raises core temperature.
Some things are in your control when it comes to sweating. If you’re a coffee drinker, caffeine can increase perspiration, so if you’re concerned, try cutting out that cup of coffee. Drinking alcohol can have the same effect, so limit the cocktails. Smokers may also sweat more since nicotine can affect your hormones, skin, and brain. Wearing synthetic fabrics that trap in heat will make you feel more hot, making you more sweaty, so go for more breathable fabrics.
Unfortunately, some people suffer from excessive sweating, a common condition called hyperhidrosis. Their bodies’ faucets turn on and their palms, feet, back, and face becomes covered in sweat, even if it’s cold out or they’re not moving. If this sounds familiar, consult your doctor to see what treatment options are available.
Source: Womenhealthmag & Popsugar fitness
Date: 25. 07. 2018