Does more sweating translate to an intense workout?
This has been one of the questions bothering a lot of people who work out. ever been to a gym where everyone seems to be doing the right things kind of sweat profusely during the workout session? but when it comes to others, regardless of how hard they push they don’t sweat profusely?
Well, this article should be able to put your mind at ease and let you keep doing your thing.
How much you sweat doesn’t necessarily correlate with how intense your workout is or how many calories you burn.
When your body temperature rises, your eccrine glands secrete sweat, and the evaporation of moisture from your skin helps you cool off. Of course, sweating can occur for other reasons, such as stress or fear.
That type of sweat comes from the apocrine glands, which are located mainly in the underarm and groin.
How much we sweat during exercise is due to a number of factors, including gender, men tend to sweat more than women and age, younger people sweat more than older people as well as genetics, temperature and humidity.
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Weight plays a role as well. Larger people tend to sweat more because their bodies generate more heat.
Another contributor is the fitness level. Surprisingly, fit people tend to sweat sooner during exercise and more copiously than those who are less fit.
Research suggests that as your fitness level improves, your body’s heat-regulating system becomes more efficient, cooling you down faster and allowing you to work harder.
Don’t be misled by the loss of a few pounds after a high-sweat workout. This is simply water weight that you gain back when you rehydrate and doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve burned lots of calories.
On the flip side, don’t assume that a low-sweat workout means you aren’t working hard enough or burning enough calories. It could be that your sweat evaporates quickly because you’re exercising in air-conditioning, near a fan or outdoors on a windy day. Or, unlike me, you simply may not sweat much.