Do you think your sweat makes it more difficult to work out? I thought so. But that is not always true. According to recent research published in the journals Temperature Medical Physiology, and Beyond, sweating is a highly individual bodily experience that helps cool our bodies.
Answering the burning question: Sweating does not burn calories. It does not burn fat, nor does it indicate the intensity of exercise. (Sorry, mucking up under the Peloton does not equate to cals. Don’t let this get in the way of your next workout.
After a long day or a stressful night, sometimes a good sweat can be so refreshing. Do you remember that radiant glow after a workout? Keep your eyes on that radiant glow after a workout. You might also be covered in sweat.
This primer will help you to understand sweat, what it can tell you about your workout and how to measure your intensity according to experts and sweat researchers.
What causes sweating?
Your body’s temperature is the main function of sweat. The little water beads that run down your arms help you stay cool. A higher body temperature is indicated by more sweat.
Your sweat glands secrete water from the skin when you are too hot. Your body is cooled down by the sweat that evaporates. It happens all the time The. Time. When you’re anxious, stressed, sick, or eating spicy food, sweat can occur.
Although sweat glands are most concentrated in the feet and palms, they can be found all over the body, according to J. Ray Runyon Ph.D., assistant researcher at The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Centre for Integrative Medicine. Although different types of sweat glands produce different types, sweat glands can be found everywhere.
Yes, there are many types of sweat. Actually, sweat contains hundreds of molecules. Runyon says that sweat contains a lot of water, salt, and hormone metabolites. It contains traces of caffeine, food, and personal care products.
Accordingly, sweat can contain valuable information. Dr. Esther M. Sternberg is a professor of medicine at The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Centre for Integrative Medicine. She explains that sweat not only cools the body but also reflects the hormonal and stress response as well as the immune system and nervous system. She says that sweat can provide a window into our overall health, as well as illness. It’s more direct than drawing blood to measure health and disease.