Sweating more = better workout?! + 6 week Challenge

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 ☑️ Does sweating more = better workout? 

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Sweating is natural. It’s healthy, even. It’s a way for the human body to cool off when temperatures rise. While sweating might seem like a simple concept, not everyone fully understands it. That’s why we want to share information on the most common myths about sweat.

Does Sweat Contribute to Fat Burning?

Most sweating we do is during workouts, so it makes sense to believe sweat has something to do with burning fat. However, the only purpose of sweat is to ensure your internal parts remain at the correct temperatures.

If you’re sweating, you’re probably working hard enough to burn calories, including those from fat. Even if you seem to have lost a pound or two after a run, keep in mind that it’s due to a loss of water. The pounds come back after you hydrate.

Sweat Happens More to Those Who Are Out of Shape

Many people think that those who aren’t as fit tend to sweat more than others. This is another situation where the truth is more complicated. Studies show that the reality is the opposite. Fit people will sweat more and begin sweating more quickly. This might be because constant training makes your body more efficient at regulating its temperature.

Studies show men usually sweat more than women. Testosterone is believed to enhance the sweating response.

Sweat Removes Toxins

Have you ever heard that sweat helps you remove toxins? A workout can make you feel cleansed, but sweating has nothing to do with that. Sweat is made mainly of water, along with urea, potassium, and magnesium. While urea is a waste product, you don’t lose enough for it to make a difference.

Detoxifying doesn’t require sweat. Your kidneys and liver regularly do this on their own. They are responsible for filtering and metabolizing the toxins in your body.

Sweat Indicates an Excellent Workout

Sweat keeps you cool, but sweating doesn’t mean you lose more weight or burn more calories. For instance, if you exercise in a hot location, you might sweat before you even get started.

However, sweat can indicate a good workout if you know your baseline. You should also gauge how effective the workout is based on how you feel before, after, and during the process.

We hope this has given you some insight into sweat and all the myths surrounding it. Sweating is something we all do, but it doesn’t mean you’re burning fat, getting a great workout, or releasing toxins. However, it does mean that your body is working the way it should be. 

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