People have long regarded the sweat levels of exercise sessions as a sign of how HARD they trained and how much they were pushing themselves, but turns out, you could be wrong…How much we sweat during exercise doesn’t correlate with the intensity of your workout or how many calories you smashed.
Sweating occurs when the temperature rises and your 2-4 MILLION sweat glands jump to action making perspiration. It is our body’s natural way of lowering body temperature. Some sweat evaporates from your skin, taking heat with it. The remainder runs down your face and body. You feel hotter when there are high humidity levels as the wet air leaves less room for sweat to evaporate off your skin. Sweating can also be due to other stresses, fear or anxiety, but in terms of exercise, increased body temperature is the reason you sweat.
How much we sweat during exercise is due to a few different factors, including:
In conclusion, there are a multitude of factors that can affect the levels of sweat in a workout and we can’t necessarily correlate how drenched you are at the end of a HIIT session with the quality of your workout. Don’t measure your results by sweat, but rather measure it by how you feel afterwards! No matter how much you sweat, be sure to replenish those lost electrolytes with H20 after a workout.
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