Sweating is a way of cooling your body which helps regulate your body temperature by releasing water and salt. Everyone is born with between two million and four million sweat glands which justifies why some people sweat more than others. The higher the number of sweat glands you have the more you’re likely to sweat. We can’t say that sweating helps one burn a good amount of calories, but sweating helps one lose some water weight. Unfortunately, this isn’t a permanent loss because once you rehydrate by drinking water you regain the lost weight. Think of it this way, if the answer to weight loss and fitness were as simple as sitting in a hot room, then everyone would acquire sauna in their house and be slim. Now, here is how sweat is associated with weight loss?
Does Sweating Burn Calories?
Remember sweating doesn’t burn calories, however some claim that sweat filled activities like Bikram yoga help you burn close to 1000 calories an hour. How true is this? A study showed that a 90-minute Bikram yoga class helped women burn around 330 calories and men burned 460 calories. This is the same as walking briskly at 3.5 miles per hour for the same duration.
According to this, it’s clear you can also burn calories doing activities that don’t involve sweating like swimming and lifting light weights. Nevertheless, sweating is a good way of measuring the intensity level of a workout during certain types of exercises. For a healthy adult, you should do 30-minutes of moderate to intense workouts five days a week which is enough to break a sweat according to The American College of Sports Medicine.
Some Benefits of Sweating
Sweating is basically a way to cool down. However, there are other benefits, for example, sweating in the gym during exercise can produce endorphins which act as natural painkillers. Other benefits of sweating include:
- Healthier skin. An intense workout which results in sweating keeps the blood circulating throughout the body. Consequently, nutrients and oxygen are distributed along the way thus nourishing your skin.
- Motivating yourself. Chances are, if you’re sweating during a workout, then you’re probably doing the appropriate exercise for weight loss. This makes you push hard since you know you’re on the right path.
Risks of Sweating
In case you’re convinced that sweating helps to lose weight, then you need to stop that line of thought. There are dangers involved in too much sweating. They include:
This is one of the biggest risks which can lead to suboptimal performance, lightheadedness, and loss of consciousness. Hot and humid weather tends to make one sweat more. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate after an intense workout which causes excessive sweating. For every pound of sweat you lose, drink a pint of water to replace it. Ensure to carry a bottle of water with you during workout sessions and drink it in between your workouts. In case of the following symptoms then you may need to get medical attention:
- Weak pulse.
- Not urinating for eight hours.
- Extreme exhaustion.
Sweating during a workout or when carrying out a heavy duty is normal. But, sweating excessively on a regular basis isn’t normal and you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. See your doctor if sweating is disrupting your daily activities or if you’re sweating at night for no reason. Also, you should see a doctor if you don’t normally sweat much then you suddenly begin sweating excessively.
Weight Loss the Correct Way
After all that information, you need to find a better way to lose weight rather than opting for the easy way out which could turn out to be harmful to your health. The golden rule about weight loss is that you should burn off more calories than you take in. For you to lose one pound, you need to burn around 3,500 calories. As we’ve always been told, achieving a healthy weight requires you to adopt an active lifestyle, eat healthily and exercise regularly. These are said to be the safest ways to lose weight naturally.
If you’re working out with a friend and she/he happens to sweat more than you, this shouldn’t bother you into thinking that she is doing the right thing or she is better than you. The reason she is sweating more might be because she/he has more sweat glands compared to you. Additionally, sweat volume doesn’t indicate how fit you’re, nor how many calories you’ve burned. For you to achieve your weight loss goals, you need to start gradually which is healthy. Plus, enjoy every step of the process and remember to celebrate every pound you lose. Also, ensure you get a good night sleep to repair the worn out tissues during an exercise. Otherwise, losing weight is a commitment that requires disciple to achieve it.
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