Friday, September 14, 2018

Sweat It!

You've probably said it before: "That workout (or teacher) really made me sweat. I got a great workout!" But is that really true? Here are the answers to a couple of sweaty questions.

 The fitter I get, the more I sweat. Why is that?

Mary Beth Brown a professor at Indiana University, says. "There are two main reasons. One is that as you improve your fitness, you tend to exercise more intensely, which can make you sweat more. "

"The other is that you get better at sweating the more you do it." You'll start perspiring earlier in your workout, and more of your sweat glands will activate to help rid your body of excess heat.

The more I sweat, the better the workout, right?

How much you sweat is tied to what type of activity you're doing, your age and genetics. A better indicator of your performance is how difficult it is to talk midway through cardio exercise. During a moderate-intensity workout, you should be able to speak in broken sentences; during vigorous exercise, you should only be able to manage a few words. 

Can you really sweat out toxins?

Juan Del Cosco, a professor of human physiology says, "Yes, but....not enough to have a measurable health benefit." If your body needs to get rid of something noxious, your kidneys will flush it into your urine, not your sweat. The best way to detox is to drink plenty of water and eat veggies with a high water content.

Why do I sweat so long after my workout?

Mary Beth Brown explains, "When you stop exercising, your body continues to generate heat to fuel functions like restocking your energy stores and redistributing your blood flow." As a result, your core temperature can stay elevated, triggering perspiration after your shower.

To cool down and dry off quicker, refrain from taking a cold shower. The icy water constricts your blood vessels, causing hot blood from your skin to rush to your core, raising your body temperature. Instead, take a tepid shower and stand in front of a fan to evaporate any lingering sweat before it beads up. In addition, drink ice-cold water during your workout to minimize the rise in core temperature.
 Stay Active, Keep Moving (and sweating!) and
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