Myth Busted: Sweating More Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You Burned More Calories

Many people wrongly believe that how much you sweat indicates how effective your workout was. 


How much you sweat during a workout is due to a variety of factors such as weight, gender, age, genetics, temperature, and even fitness level. For example, men tend to sweat more than women, younger people tend to sweat more than older people and fit people tend to sweat more than those who are less fit.


While it might not result in more calories burned, the almost 1 liter of sweat our bodies produce per day can have other surprising benefits. Here are 5 of them:
  1. Boosts Endorphins Prolonged sweating is expected to occur at the gym during an intense workout or even brisk walking in the sun. Exercising increases the level of the “feel-good” endorphin hormones that are naturally released during physical activity. A recent study found group workouts actually increase endorphin levels and cause less pain for those who work out together than those who train alone.
  2. Detoxifies Body One of the most efficient ways to detox your body — without the juicing — is to sweat. Sweating can flush the body of substances of alcohol, cholesterol, and salt. The body releases toxins by using sweat as the conduit. Sweat purges the body of toxins that can clog pores and plague the skin with pimples and blemishes. Induced sweating appears to be a potential method for the elimination of many toxic elements from the human body. 
  3. Lowers Kidney Stone Risk Sweating can be an effective way to sweat out the salt and retain calcium in your bones. This limits the accumulation of salt and calcium in the kidneys and urine, which is where the stones come from. It is no coincidence people who sweat tend to drink more water and fluids, which is another prevention method for kidney stones. Mild to moderate activity changes the way the body handles nutrients and fluids that affect stone formation. Sweating helps flush out the system more efficiently because it demands more hydration from the body. 
  4. Prevents Colds And Other Illnesses Perspiring can actually help fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous pathogens. Sweat contains antimicrobial peptides effective against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These peptides are positively charged and attract negatively charged bacterial, enter the membranes of bacteria, and break them down.
  5. Zaps Zits Your pores open up when you sweat and that releases the buildup inside them. Sweat purges the body of toxins that can clog pores and plague the skin with pimples and blemishes. These skin benefits only apply to mild or moderate sweating. Excessive sweating, formally known as hyperhidrosis, can actually predispose individuals to skin infections such as warts and tinea. 
So remember, don’t use sweat as an indicator of how intense your workout was. Instead, track your heart rate, level of muscle soreness and amount of progress seen to evaluate whether or not your workouts are effective. Sweating does have its pros and cons when it comes to your health.

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